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Scary Science: Why We Like Fear

Now is the time of year when many of us actually look forward to being scared, whether by watching horror movies or visiting a haunted house. There are biological and mental processes that explain why we sometimes enjoy fear and sometimes...er...fear it. Whether it's watching a horror movie, going to a haunted house or even riding a rollercoaster, most of us like a good scare every now and then....

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Engineering the Chilean Miners' Rescue

The dramatic rescue of 33 Chilean miners earlier this month demanded good working conditions, swift teamwork and technological ingenuity. It also brought to light the heroic side of engineering, which we highlight here. High-tech tools and a meticulous team including Chilean and NASA engineering consultants helped drive the rescue of 33 miners who spent 69 days trapped under the dense, volcanic...

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Government Grants Fund Creation of Safer Plastic

PlastiPure, a technology company focused on developing safe plastics materials and products has received three grants for formulation of a replacement for polycarbonate that is free of estrogenic activity (EA-Free).  Compounds with estrogenic activity may be harmful to humans.  Two grants from National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety (a division of the NIH) and a grant from the...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: 9 Sites Proposed for Superfund's National Priorities List

Plus: Slow Growth for the U.S. Economy, a Fall in Jobless Claims and Mixed Signs for Eurozone. U.S. Economy Shows Modest Growth New reports indicate that economic conditions in the United States are gradually improving and that the economy as a whole is experiencing moderate growth. However, concerns about the expansion rate remain. According to the Federal Reserve's latest Beige Book, seven of...

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Enviropig™ -- The Other Other White Meat

Developed at the University of Guelph, the Enviropig™ is engineered to have the same meat quality as a Yorkshire pig, with all the ideal protein and fat content, but with one major twist - it is also engineered to produce less toxic manure that releases fewer pollutants into the atmosphere, purportedly making it a more environmentally sustainable option for large scale pig farmers. The...

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Light Friday: What We Learned from Bombing the Moon

Plus: Which Professions Need Coffee the Most and a Machine Made of LEGO Bricks Making Things Out of LEGO Bricks. What We Learned from Bombing the Moon It's been a year since NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) rocket blew up some of the moon in the name of science. What did we learn from the explosion? Apparently a lot — including where to find water — as...

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Global Steel Output Inches Downward, but Outlook Improves

Worldwide steel output continued its monthly decline in September, though production remains above the prior-year level and new research forecasts a strong rebound in steel demand in the near future, according to the World Steel Association. Global crude steel production increased 0.9 percent year-over-year in September, while the capacity utilization rate among steel manufacturers rose to 74.4...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Award Winning Energy Efficiency Measures Save Taxpayers $42 Million

Held each year in October in conjunction with Energy Awareness Month, the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize innovative efforts to implement sustainable strategies that improve energy, water, and vehicle fleet efficiency for federal agencies. The 31 initiatives receiving an award saved taxpayers almost $42 million in energy and water costs in fiscal year 2009, and kept the...

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Rechargeable LED Light Bulb Makes U.S. Debut

A rechargeable light bulb? What? And why? A new product is hitting the market that could revolutionize lighting (or could just be another gimmick that will flop).  From the marketing info, it sounds like a pretty cool product: MagicBulb, the award winning light bulb that will stay lit after the power cuts out. MagicBulb is an LED bulb that is rechargeable, cuts energy use, doubles as a...

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Greening the Manufacturing Process from Materials Procurement to Disposal With A Little Help From Your Software

Many manufacturing businesses today dread hearing the inevitable word "green." It conjures up mental images of acres of solar arrays, astronomically priced space-age materials glittering in the sun, and tanks of high-priced biofuels made from designer vegetables and organic agricultural waste. The green information industry has spent a lot of column inches trying to educate manufacturers that...

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