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Cry Me a River: Despite the Help of Robots, America's Waterways Are Being Threatened into Endangerment

America's rivers have been the subject of so many songs, poems, books, movies and TV shows that I could waste the entire rest of your day listing them. But I'll name just two to get you in the mood. "Swanee River," by Stephen Foster, is a great song. A River Runs Through It, starring a really young Brad Pitt, is a beautiful elegy to nature and the healing powers of water. I was thinking about...

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Employers Lean on Social Media for Hiring

Companies are increasingly relying on social media profiles to research job candidates, and many of their hiring decisions are now based on what they find online. What specific types of information are they looking for and how will this affect a job seeker's chances? High unemployment levels in the wake of the economic downturn have made the job market extremely competitive. Today's candidates...

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Worth a Look: A Ring of Fire Eclipse

Plus: Your Passion Vs. Your Bank Account, Advantages of Crowdsourcing, 1,000-Year-Old Farming Secrets, the Fastest-Dying Jobs of This Generation and MORE. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT's weekly Wednesday feature spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped under your radar...

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Can Small Business Save the Job Market?

Small businesses are considered the main drivers of job creation in the U.S., but hiring remains sluggish nationwide. Can smaller firms ramp up hiring enough to jump-start the labor market in the near future? The small business sector has traditionally been the engine of United States job growth, employing the largest share of American workers and accounting for the majority of new jobs. While...

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Best Places to Start a Business

New data offer insights into factors important to entrepreneurs and indicate why certain locations are more alluring for startups. Here are the most entrepreneur-friendly locations in the U.S. Thinking of starting your own business in 2012? According to new data, you may want to head to Texas or Oklahoma - especially Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio or Oklahoma City. A study published by...

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How an NLRB Measure Could Affect Employer-Employee Relations

An appeals court recently delayed a controversial measure that could require businesses to inform workers of their labor rights. If passed, what would the measure mean for employers and employees? In December 2010, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) began proceedings to require that private employers post employee rights in a location accessible to all workers. This movement was prompted...

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Early to Rise: Get More Done in the Morning

Not all of us are morning people, but hectic schedules sometimes force us to start work earlier than we'd like. Here are some tips to get the most out of those early hours. Some folks are able to spring out of bed in the morning and get right down to business, feeling fresh and alert from the moment they wake up. Others, however, have to struggle just to get anything done at the start of the day,...

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The Lean Startup

In The Lean Startup, author Eric Ries explains how the principles of lean manufacturing can be applied to launch a successful startup capable of withstanding extreme economic uncertainty. Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The "lean startup" is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. In The...

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The Climate Change Controversy -- Are Global Temperatures Really Increasing?

One of the most puzzling aspects of the global warming controversy is the divergent responses to the simple question: Have global temperatures been rising in recent years? Sounds simple enough, yet I keep hearing two very different answers. One side says yes, temperatures have continued to rise; the other side says no, temperatures have not risen for about the past decade. In its 2007 report, the...

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Are You Ready for BYOD?

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is sweeping across companies of all sizes, as increasingly more employees use their own laptops, tablets and smartphones on the job. The tablet revolution that began a couple of years ago with the debut of Apple's iPad will culminate in the tablet becoming the primary computing device for most users by 2016, according to analysts at Forrester Research....

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