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How to Minimize Project Delays

Construction project delays cost time and money, and damage contractors' reputations. Consider these tips for keeping delays and risks to a minimum. As with any collaborative project, delays, misunderstandings and other problems can crop up. Construction projects are especially prone. According to the Construction Industry Institute, about one out of every three construction projects is over...

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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Considered the definitive history of the Apollo moon missions, A Man on the Moon is based on hundreds of hours' of in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 Apollo lunar voyagers and others. FROM THE PUBLISHER This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of...

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Construction in the Final Frontier

Constructing buildings today is no easy task. But building structures in space presents a new set of unique challenges. Here we look at the particulars of non-terrestrial building projects. In the long history of construction, building beyond our planet's boundaries is a relatively new innovation, which explains why we're still hammering out some of the kinks. Delivering materials and assembling...

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Proposed Solutions to Improving Infrastructure

While much of the government's $787 billion stimulus package is allocated to infrastructure projects and transportation, more is needed for U.S. networks - and not only in terms of funding. Many systems of the United States infrastructure network require rebuilding and reinvention. The influx of funding provided by the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which sets...

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5 Ideas for Maintaining Morale after Layoffs

Workers who remain after downsizing experience emotions that range from initial relief to guilt over their good fortune. Following layoffs, managers can provide support specific to survivors. As bad as the unemployment situation is right now, a lot of people still have avoided the axe. For those who have held on to their jobs, post-cutback effects can take their toll. In the current employment...

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Construction 2009

The construction industry continues to struggle this year, with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 only somewhat softening the blow of the downturn. The construction industry has not been exempt from the downturn. In fact, with the dismal housing market remaining depressed due to rising foreclosures and ongoing job losses, the doldrums are rippling across much of the economy,...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Job Growth Lags Recovery

Plus: Improvements in Inventories, Businesses Split on Health Care, China's Renewed Growth, U.S. Standing Tougher on Trade Agreements and MORE. Many, if not most, Americans don't consider a recession over until jobs come back, and economists are saying this won't likely occur until next summer. "It is going to take a while for manufacturing and construction to stop losing jobs, and it will take...

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Space Friday: On 40th Anniversary, Apollo 11 Moon Mission Tapes Released

Plus: a Monkey-Controlled Robot, Media Nutrition Guide, TARP Gravy and Out-Sick Excuses. Leading up to the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned mission to land on the moon, NASA yesterday released the restored original tapes from the July 20, 1969, moonwalk. The U.S. space agency has been working with Lowry Digital to restore all of the original tapes. "The restoration is...

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Ways to Reduce Scrap and Rework

Manufacturers can save time and money by cutting the amount of scrap they produce and limiting rework. Here are some strategies to consider. One of the ways businesses can cut costs and improve their overall efficiency is by reducing the amount of scrap and rework in their plants. Rework results in lost time and increased work that can't be recouped, while high scrap rates lead to high material...

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Guidelines for Goods Under the "Buy American" Provision

New guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency clarify how water utilities should apply the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's "buy American" provision, requiring "substantial transformation" in the U.S. from component parts. Ever since the start of this year, the "buy American" provision included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), has polarized not only the...

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