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Light Friday: IBM's Watson is Getting Smarter

Plus: Helmet Monitors Your Vitals While You Ride Can You Really Get a Cold from Being Cold? The Science of Parallel Universes Two years ago, IBM software Watson beat two of the world's best Jeopardy players. Now researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. are working with the program to enhance its cognitive reasoning skills and experiment with applications in a variety...

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How Graduate 10K+ Will Produce More STEM Students

The path to a STEM career is not the same for every student. While some excel in their coursework, others change majors during their college careers because they are not prepared to work in their chosen field. To help alleviate this problem and increase retention of computer science and engineering undergraduates in the U.S., the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with Intel and...

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Can American Carbon Exchanges Learn From Europe's Failure?

Expectations for European carbon prices through 2020 have fallen 47 percent since last year, Bloomberg reported recently. For those that think Europe needs sternly-enforced carbon emission reductions to stave off catastrophic global warming, that's not good. Other reports note that as of the end of May, European Union carbon permits "rose to their highest level in almost three weeks as...

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Global Chemicals Industry Retains Strong Growth Despite Economic Slowdown

While the global economy continues to lag, Wall Street pundits have expended a lot of energy adoring the economy's bright spots: Web services, wireless, and petrochemicals, for starters. According to a new report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), however, the chemicals industry has held up surprisingly well through the economic slowdown. The report reveals that from 2007 through 2011, the...

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Two Large Solar Companies Step up on Energy and Conservation

So many companies are getting into solar and renewable energy that it's sometimes hard to keep track of all the projects and who's doing what. They can all blend together and sound like one big renewable energy-palooza, indistinguishable from the next. But a new planned solar farm in Antelope Valley, Calif. is a little bit different from most. First, there's its size. The Antelope Valley...

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Supply of American STEM Graduates Is Far from Lacking, Study Finds

The accepted rhetoric has been that American schools aren't producing enough science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates to fill the jobs in the burgeoning IT sector. Thus, employers are forced to bring in overseas workers in order with the skills they need. But new data is telling a different story. A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that, contrary to...

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Skilled Trades Top Most Difficult Jobs to Fill in 2013 in Talent Shortage Survey

While fewer U.S. employers are having difficulty finding workers with the right skills than in 2012, companies worldwide are having the most difficulty finding talent for jobs since the start of the recession, according to a new survey by Manpower Group. The research results reveal the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill, with skilled trades positions topping the list in the U.S. and on a global...

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Is China About to the Break the Carbon Impasse?

Reports appeared in the media during the past week that China is about to implement controls over its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Reuters's Point Carbon carbon-market news service reported from Beijing on May 21 that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's central economic planning agency, "has proposed setting an absolute cap on the country's greenhouse gas emissions...

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How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things

In How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things, Neil Smith identifies eight barriers that prevent businesses from implementing ways to improve the way they work. Every day, seemingly intelligent and successful companies make headline news for poor decisions that can cause their business to stumble and make many of us scratch our heads in wonder. Why would such a successful business make...

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Skilled Trades Educators & Employers: We Need to Be Better Partners

At a workforce development meeting last week, manufacturing educators and employers from across the Midwest and elsewhere in the U.S. agreed that much greater collaboration between the private sector and teaching institutions is needed to fix the U.S. industrial labor skills gap. About 35 community college and technical school educators and human resource managers of manufacturing companies,...

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