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Can We Eliminate Nuclear Waste by Turning it into Energy?

The question of what role nuclear power will play in this country's energy future is filled with uncertainty. On one hand, it is the only low-carbon source of gigawatt scale power that even environmentalists like James Lovelock and Stewart Brand have endorsed. On the other hand, post-Fukushima safety concerns, rising cost projections, and the steadily decreasing cost and rapid growth of...

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Federal and Industry Partners Issue Challenge to Manufacturers

A coalition that includes the U.S. federal government and over 200 major commercial building sector partners has issued a simple challenge to U.S. manufacturers: If you can build wireless sub-meters that cost less than $100 apiece and enable us to identify opportunities to save money by saving energy, we will buy them. A group of at least 18 manufacturers has already agreed to take up the...

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Friday Focus: 3 Creative Ways for Students to Engage in STEM

The launch of someone's career in a science, math, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field can start as early as elementary school, though the right elements are necessary to engage students. Several unique initiatives across the country are helping cultivate interest in STEM and fostering learning outside of the classroom curriculum. An early STEM education not only ensures better preparation...

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Light Friday: Does Money Make You Smarter?

Plus: Why Pattern Recognition is Critical to Human Perception You Can Control Robots with Your Mind Intel Creates the World's Fastest Thumb Drive A study released earlier this year shows that when offered financial rewards, people performed better on IQ tests than when they were not. The findings call into question whether IQ tests are a measure of motivation rather than intelligence. The study...

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How Thailand's Industrial Growing Pains Could Affect U.S. Businesses

In the past decade, Thailand has grown into an industrial powerhouse ranked 17th in the world in manufacturing, and 14th in automobile production. But the country is still growing and its policies and infrastructure are evolving. U.S. companies doing business in Thailand need to understand these growing pains and their potential impact. Thailand built itself into a manufacturing powerhouse by...

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IREC Report: Falling Prices and Tax Incentives Spurring Rapid Solar Growth

In a webinar broadcast Tuesday afternoon, Larry Sherwood, vice president and COO of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) presented a positive snapshot of solar installations across the country in a preview of the IREC Solar Market and Installation Trends Report 2013, which will be released at the end of June. According to Sherwood, who authored the report, "more than 90,000 photovoltaic...

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Why Understanding Culture Will Get You Further

Engineers aren't known for their anthropological acumen. What's anthropology you ask?  Why it's the study of humankind; societies and culture and their development to be exact.  'But I work exclusively in the U.S. and I don't need to know about other cultures or societies, I interact with only one - American (or Canadian...or Indian...or French).'  Think again.  Even within your...

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Collaboration is Key to Managing Quality

Quality management is something every company could be doing better. And no matter how big or small the company, it can probably improve quality management by improving its collaboration technology and skills. A recent white paper from Aberdeen Group highlights the importance of collaboration as a means of improving quality management. Aberdeen's research found that new product introduction and...

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Q&A with Author Richard Roedel on the Consumer's Role in "Made in America"

Bringing manufacturing jobs back to America starts with consumers, according to author Richard Roedel, who witnessed firsthand how outsourcing can cost jobs and affect the quality of products when he worked as a real estate executive. During the height of the recession, he saw his career come to an end and decided to switch gears to the health care field at age 50. He went back to school to boost...

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With Help from State Sustainability Program, Mitchell Metal Prepares for the Future

When the economic development arm of the state of Wisconsin partnered up with two other state agencies to help Badger State businesses work on sustainability, Alan Verploegh of Mitchell Metal Products was interested. Mitchell Metal is a Merrill, Wis.-based company that was founded in 1954 by Gordon and Arlette Mitchell, and today produces a whole range of metal forming products, including...

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