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Can States Afford to Fund Green Jobs Instead of Schools?

The State Budget Solutions (SBS) describes itself as a non-partisan, positive, pro-reform, proactive project whose mission is to engage political journalists and bloggers, state officials and opinion leaders in a new way of thinking about state government and budgets, fundamental reforms, transparency and accountability. To that end, it's produced a report titled Green Jobs Don't Grow On Trees,...

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Light Friday: Titanic By the Numbers

Plus: LHC Smashes Particle Collision Record and Chocolate 3-D Printer Now Available to the Masses. LHC Smashes Particle Collision Record Last week the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator, shattered its own world record by smashing protons together with a combined energy of 8 teraelectronvolts (TeV). The previous world record was 7 TeV, the energy at which...

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Not a Shining Month for the Food and Drug Administration

Nobody joins a government agency to boost their popularity. Some agencies take more lumps in the media and the public's eye than others, however, and it would be hard to find an agency less popular - at least this month - than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Two incidents involving public health are to blame: one involving antibiotics and the other a controversial chemical in many...

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Is the Science Behind the Sustainable Food Movement a Double-Edged Sword?

I recently wrote about BJ's setting high sustainability goals with regards to its seafood offerings. Now it looks like Whole Foods is getting in on the sustainable seafood game. When I say in , I mean all in. According to the Associated Press, Whole Foods will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods. While the move arrives just as supermarkets...

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Machine Tech Consumption up in February

Manufacturing technology orders increased among U.S. manufacturers in most major regions in February, with demand for machine tools and related equipment rising on both a month-to-month and year-over-year basis in all but the Northeast region. The combined value of machine tools and related equipment consumption by United States manufacturers rose to $444.06 million in February, up 9.3 percent...

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Worth a Look: Executives' Compensations Compared

Plus: Top 10 Tech Cars, Business Meeting Etiquette, Flaws in Expertise, Igloo Engineering and MORE. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT continues its weekly Wednesday feature that spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped under your radar - all in bite-sized chunks. The Year's...

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MIT Robotics Team Uses Self-Sculpting Sand to Duplicate Objects

It's clear that at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), recycling has taken on a whole new meaning. Specifically, researchers at MIT's Distributed Robotics Laboratory (DRL), at the university's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, are forming a new way to simply remake any object that already exists by inserting that object into what's called self-sculpting sand....

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The Damage Done -- Hydrogen Vehicles, Good for the Planet?

I've been hearing for decades that hydrogen would make a great fuel for transportation, and it's still being promoted as a green energy source -- pure, clean, portable, efficient. You burn the hydrogen, and the only emission is water vapor. What could be cleaner? (Illustration: Fuel cell car. Credit: Peter Welleman.) One might raise questions like,  Will it make my car explode like the...

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The Sweet Tooth Tariff and More Strange Taxes

With tax day right around the corner, we look at some of the most perplexing, bizarre and downright wrong taxes that have been imposed throughout history. Candy Tax Chicago was looking to shore up some revenue problems by adding a few new laws to the books, and apparently an Illinois lawmaker had it out for people with a sweet tooth. The Illinois candy law increases the tax on sweets from the...

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Mother Nature as Muse: The Future of Design

Nature-based designs are used not only for creating products, but solving challenges in business and society. This technique, known as biomimicry, is reshaping the way we think about innovation and creative problem-solving. Here we look at biomimicry's underlying principles, how it can be harnessed to improve companies and successful examples of nature-based design. While there are many types of...

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