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Light Friday: How Money Helps Us Trust Each Other

Plus: Jurassic Prank Makes All Other Pranks Look Weak Scientists 3D Print Bio-Robots GE Creates Its Own (Mini) Sun A Dose of Pun  Money is often linked to power and even stress, but researchers have found that money helps instill trust among strangers, which can help modern societies prosper. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Gabriele Camera of...

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Recycling Frack Water Is an Industry Priority

Oil companies now have access to technology that enables them to recycle water used for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), according to a recent report from the Forum News Service. This is good news because disposing wastewater from fracking, in many instances, is expensive. However, implementing the technology in the Bakken, a prominent region for fracking that covers parts of Montana, North...

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Report: U.S. Manufacturing Skills Gap Crisis Is Overblown

Most of the nation's largest manufacturing areas show no evidence of a substantial shortage of skilled workers, according to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The most serious gap is localized to a few key manufacturing areas, and most concerns are overblown for the near-term. By looking at job vacancies, wage data, and surveys of 100 companies with U.S. manufacturing operations, the...

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Drones' Ocean-Going Cousins, USVs, Find New Market Opportunities

While the nation frets over the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones), the market is expanding for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), their seagoing counterparts. Advancements in communications and automation technologies are helping to reduce the cost of USVs, which are being sought to decrease reliance on manned crews for specific applications.  USVs are robotic craft...

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Report: Higher Earnings for New Hires in Manufacturing

New hires in manufacturing have an earnings advantage over new hires in other industries, pulling down 38 percent more cash than their non-manufacturing peers in 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). Despite recent employment downturn in the manufacturing industry, which lost over 2 million workers during the 2007-2009 recession, new ESA...

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How Does an Oil Company Rank Tops in Corporate Social Responsibility?

With Big Oil having effectively replaced Big Tobacco as one of America's biggest "bogeymen" to the general public, it would seem downright incongruous for a major petroleum company to be looked upon as a model of corporate behavior. In truth, however, it's really not that far-fetched. After the Deepwater Horizon spill, BP flooded the airwaves, showing people all the good work they have done to...

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Lifecycle Analysis Takes the Long View

These days, companies are being swept up, willingly or otherwise, into the concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental sustainability. For financial, practical, and even brand-image reasons, they are taking the long-term view of their operations and products -- that their activities shouldn't be borrowing from the future or placing an undue burden on future...

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Report: Investors Recognize Correlation Between Sustainability and Performance

Business stakeholders are calling for enhanced reporting of corporate social responsability (CSR) and other information related to sustainability as part of businesses' financial performance reports, a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) maintains. Moreover, companies that use integrated reporting concepts will be seen as more transparent, which could potentially improve access to...

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An Uncertain Glory

In An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions, two of India's leading economists argue that the country's main problems lie in the lack of attention paid to the essential needs of the people, especially of the poor, and often of women.  When India became independent in 1947 after two centuries of colonial rule, it immediately adopted a firmly democratic political system, with multiple...

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India's Manufacturing Policy Spells Opportunity for U.S. Equipment Exporters

Last year, India enacted a National Manufacturing Policy (NMP) to encourage manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to move in a new direction. The policy calls for massive changes in the manufacturing sector, which mean terrific sales opportunities for U.S. equipment exporters. India is the 11th largest economy in the world by GDP (gross domestic product), and...

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