Business & Industry

Small Business Innovations the Focus of Latest DoE Grant

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DoE) announced Friday that it has awarded $16 million to 88 small businesses for technologies that support or enhance energy systems. In a statement released last week, the DoE said the funds "highlight President Obama's focus on small businesses as leaders in an economy built to last." According to the statement, the technologies were chosen based on having a "strong...

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Human-Robot Interaction in the Factory of Tomorrow

Robots are a regular fixture of manufacturing, but they're typically run in isolation to prevent potential risks to workers, and this takes up a tremendous amount of space on an average shop floor. New safety techniques and advanced automation technology are now clearing the way for normalized human-robot interaction that would eliminate many cumbersome space and operational requirements. Robots...

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Which Communication Skill Is Most Important?

Which communication skill is most important: listening, writing, or speaking? Given the nearly non-stop use of email and social media in every aspect of your life you might respond immediately with "written communications." Given a few more moments to think about it, you might choose "spoken communications" over writing. You spend a lot of time engaged in conversations on your mobile or...

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Expert's Corner: How Manufacturers Are Harnessing Social Media

In the latest Expert's Corner, Michael Keating sheds light on how manufacturers can deliver their marketing message via social media, and the specific digital tools and strategies manufacturers are employing to boost their business. Twitter, LinkedIn, SlideShare - there's no shortage of social media tools that manufacturers can use to get their market message across. And manufacturers are using...

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Soaring U.S. Oil Production Hits Bottlenecks

The recent boom in U.S. crude oil production has created transport bottlenecks that are keeping oil from reaching key markets and creating disparities in petroleum pricing that are penalizing domestic producers. What's being done to alleviate the problem and get oil flowing to right places? In recent years, newer technologies such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling have...

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STEM Summer Camps for Students -- and How Industry Professionals Can Participate

Last month, President Barack Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third annual White House Science Fair, celebrating student achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This year's group of youths included app coders, algae growers, video game designers, city planners, roboticists, and rocket scientists. After touring their exhibits,...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Manufacturing Growth Slows

Plus: Poor Worker Health Linked to Sharp Economic Losses Contraction in Struggling Industrial Semiconductor Market Global Petrochemical Prices Drop Jobless Claims Fall to Five-Year Low The U.S. manufacturing sector grew again in April, marking the fifth consecutive month of expansion following a modest contraction in November 2012, according to the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) latest...

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Keeping It Clean: Manufacturers Find Markets in the Water Industry

The management of water on the Earth is an increasing challenge, as global population grows and consequently puts greater demand on a limited resource. According to the GreenFacts Initiative, freshwater accounts for only 2.5 percent of water on the planet, and most of that is frozen in glaciers and ice caps. Only a small fraction is available on the surface for use by living things, including...

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Friday Focus: Recognizing Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Several initiatives across the country are in place to help grow immigrant entrepreneurship and boost the U.S. economy. Here is a round-up of the latest efforts. ACCESS for Immigrant Entrepreneurs ACCESS, a social and economic services agency, recently graduated the first class of its Immigrant Entrepreneur Development Program, the Associated Press reports. The Dearborn-Michigan based operation,...

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High Compression Ratios and Ethanol Blends Combine to Make a Super-efficient Car

Four years ago, American LeMans kicked off its first green racing season. The program, which requires teams to use alternative fuels such as ethanol blends (E10 or E85), clean diesel, or isobutanol is going strong today. Sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), it is an attempt to raise the visibility of...

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