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Hydropower: Solar and Wind's Big Brother is Picking Up a Bigger Share of the Load

These days, when we talk about renewable energy, we mostly talk about wind and solar, followed by various biofuels, hydrogen, and geothermal. We almost never hear anything about hydropower, despite the fact the fact that hydropower is by far our largest source of renewable energy, providing a full 7 percent of our electricity needs. That's because most of the action has been in these other areas...

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Light Friday: Singing Astronaut Returns Home

Plus: Installing the World Trade Center Spire How to Spot a Liar A.I. Works Hard So We Can Relax The astronaut who made space cool for a new generation of Earthlings has returned home, but many are excited that his personal insight into space travel will inspire increased interest in STEM education and space travel. On Monday, Canadian Space Agency Commander Chris Hadfield returned to Earth from...

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EASTEC 2013 Video: Interview with Ted Bauer of Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership

IMT Career Journal is live at EASTEC 2013, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Over 14,000 visitors and 550 exhibitors have gathered in West Springfield, Mass., for one of the largest metal fabricating and machining trade shows on the East Coast, which runs May 14-16. In addition to the showcase of cutting-edge technologies that will sustain U.S. manufacturing in the 21st...

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EPA Study Focuses On How to Make Greener EV Batteries

At the end of April the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a report on the environmental lifecycle assessment of the lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles, with an eye to helping battery manufacturers choose safer materials and processes. The report, in the words of EPA officials, "also reviews the potential impacts of a nanotechnology innovation that could improve battery...

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Manufacturing Leadership Summit: Innovate to Survive (and Thrive)

Faced with high costs for doing business and a shortage of skilled labor, U.S. manufacturers will need to rethink how they position themselves on the world stage, consider new ways to move from design to production, and improve supply chain management, according to experts at the 9th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit. The Manufacturing Leadership Summit, led by Frost & Sullivan at the...

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Manufacturing Leadership Summit: Reimagining Industry's Role

American manufacturing is facing a critical need for innovation and bold thinking that has less to do with technology or new products than new ways to consider manufacturing as a business, raise its standing as a career option for workers, and improve how it delivers products to customers, as highlighted in the 9th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit. The need for innovation was the key...

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Does Allowing Renewable Energy Companies to Become MLPs Level the Playing Field?

It is the rare bill in Congress that gets strong bipartisan support right out of the gate. But two weeks ago, in a move that didn't garner all that much national attention (probably because it had nothing to do with Guantanamo Bay, Obamacare, or a national tragedy), a bill was introduced in the House and Senate that has leaders on both sides of the aisle vociferously praising their support. It's...

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What Job Skills Are Most Critical to Start-ups?

Like many other businesses, start-ups are hiring, but executives indicate that the most challenging part of filling positions is finding candidates with the right skills, according to a new study by Silicon Valley Bank. A significant amount of executives polled are looking for workers with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. Although start-ups are a critical...

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Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

In Car Guys vs. Bean Counters, author and former vice chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz explains how his emphasis on creativity and product excellence over dry statistical data helped steer one of America's most iconic car companies back onto the right track. A legend in the car industry reveals the philosophy that's starting to turn General Motors around. In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz...

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