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Friday Focus: Getting Involved with Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) officially kicks off Monday to celebrate and recognize self starters and innovators with activities and events to challenge new faces on the start-up scene. GEW, which features discussions about the trials and successes of launching businesses, has grown significantly since its 2007 launch, which was led by Jonathan Ortmans and Carl Schramm, the former president...

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Biofuel Industry Responds to Suggestion that EPA Will Lower Ethanol Mandate

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recommending a reduction in the minimum amount of biofuel that must be blended into transportation fuel, according to an EPA document leaked last month. A revised Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate would reduce the level of corn ethanol from 14.4 billion gallons a year to an amount between 12.36 billion and 13.18 billion gallons, the document...

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How to Get Your IT Staff Ready for the Industrial Internet

As more businesses get ready to embrace the Industrial Internet, a question arises as to whether their IT staff is prepared to tackle the challenge. Furthermore, what IT resources do manufacturers need to bring the Industrial Internet into their plant? The Industrial Internet -- also called the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- is a collection of technological...

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Light Friday: Will Shrinking Humans Save the Planet?

Plus: Love and Breakups Are Explained by Science The String Tease Incident Man Named 'Batman' Goes to Jail A Dose of Pun  Consider this: On average, women are 7 percent shorter than men and they tend to live 7 percent longer. That's the latest musing of Dutch artist Arne Hendriks, who has invested what many would consider a ridiculous amount of effort researching the advantages of shrinking...

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Smoother Road Ahead for Asphalt Industry

Since the economic crash had its roots in the housing market, all industries serving that sector were negatively affected. The asphalt industry was no exception. However, there are signs that a recovery is on the horizon for producers of asphalt and manufacturers of associated equipment.  Despite the mitigating factors of government-funded highway projects, profit margins for asphalt companies...

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Career Spotlight: Michael Skoller, Structural Engineer

Structural engineer Michael Skoller traces his career choice to "pure luck." And as luck would have it, he's stuck with the profession for almost 37 years. In a recent interview, he reflected on his decades in the field -- from engineering the largest residential house in Texas to procuring new projects at National Structural Engineering Inc., a Houston-based firm. Employers say engineers like...

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Scientists Debate Whether Carbon Capture Could Cause Earthquakes

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is designed to help coal plants and other installations reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere by isolating the CO2 before it goes up the smokestack, pressurizing it, then injecting it into the ground. It's an unproven technology on a large scale, expensive, and as some analysts say, necessary to help coal-fired power plants comply with the Environmental...

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Obamacare's Full Impact on Small Businesses Remains Unclear

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) fails to address the insurance concerns of small business owners, most of whom are paying higher premiums this year than in 2012, a business advocacy association maintains. But what's unclear is just how much those price increases are due to the ACA.  In a survey of 921 small businesses, 64 percent reported paying higher insurance premiums for employees this year,...

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Education Poll: Minorities Most Optimistic About the Value of a College Degree

A large segment of minorities believe the path to success starts with a college education, but less than half of white adults share that sentiment, according to a recently released College Board/National Journal Next America Poll. The survey of 1,272 adults aged 18 and older provides insight into the assessment of the paths to opportunities in America. While all of the participants -- whites,...

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Solar-Generated Steam Can Help California Oil Companies Reduce Carbon Emissions

With more than 50,000 active oil wells and 18 refineries, California is an enormous producer of oil. As such, it generates an enormous amount of carbon emissions; the production and use of petroleum-based fuels are responsible for about half of the state's carbon emissions. To reduce its carbon footprint, California has enacted many environmental laws and regulations in recent years, including...

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