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Gonna Be a Long Night, It's Gonna Be All Right, On the Night Shift

The majority of industrial mishaps take place during the early hours when night-shift workers are prone to doze. And increasingly more white-collar workers are working the night shift. Might we all face this change in lifestyle? If so, here are some tips to help adapt to the night shift and stay sane. While walking to the mass transit station one morning this week, I noticed two fellows walking...

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Connected to the Max

Technological advances permit maximum connectedness in manufacturing. If the plant you work at hasn't integrated all areas, the ability to report for compliance or track for recalls may not be fully realized. Techworld recently assured us that a company's business system should be able to act on information gathered in real time. The introduction of switched networks and gigabit speeds to cut...

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Another N. Orleans Black Eye for Corps of Engineers

This time it's faulty pumps. In its rush to meet President Bush's promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed defective flood-control pumps last year — despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment would fail during a storm, according to documents The Associated Press has obtained. "Let me give you the...

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Airbus Lands Super-size Private Aircraft

For years, the wealthy elite around the world relied on aircraft such as Learjets to get from point A to point B quickly with a modicum of comfort. Now they buy much larger aircraft with special features, like the Airbus A380 "Flying Palace." The Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane, successfully landed in two United States airports in New York and Los Angeles yesterday. One was...

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Free Access to Massive Civil Engineering Archive

Two centuries' of civil engineering knowledge has been made available free to colleges and universities in the United Kingdom. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library contains every peer-reviewed technical paper published by the ICE between 1836 and 2001. A new JISC Collections agreement makes the largest collection of full text civil engineering papers in the world available...

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How NOT to Proceed with PLM

While some organizations think Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) isn't worth the time to spell it, others live and succeed by it. Looking at someone else's mistakes provides us with knowledge of the traps to avoid and thus helps us shorten our own time and costs to achieve success. Demand for new products drives some industries faster than others. Companies that want to think about Product...

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Light Friday: Whiskey PC, Tea and Bots, Biodiesel Boy ...

... Highway Havoc (Tech AND Unicorns), Marble Meteor, Pedal-Powered Roller Coaster, and MORE. Schooled on Biodiesel A 12-year-old Portland, Oregon, boy is betting on biodiesel to help save the planet and save money for his college fund. Forest (apt name, no?) is attempting to earn money to help pay for his tuition at Reed College by modifying old Toyota Land Cruisers so that they can run on...

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U.S. Deficit (Only) $195.8 Billion

The United States racked up its fifth consecutive record trade imbalance last year, yet an improvement toward the end of the year could mean that the country's import-export gap will start to close, according to the Commerce Department this week. The deficit may narrow this year for the first time since 2001 as U.S. exports rise and oil prices stabilize. As lower oil prices shaved imports, the...

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Design a Tech Lab, Win $250K

Calling all architects and designers: in a new contest, the Open Architecture Prize will be awarded to the architecture firm or individual with the best design of a computer lab "that can be adapted to local needs and built in communities around the world." Build a lab — if not for the sheer challenge, enjoyment and humanitarianism, then how about for the $250,000 winnings? Rather than...

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Maniacal Medicine

Fractures, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, brain surgery and organ growth — all of these may someday take only a quick stop by the doctor's office. Beyond the sci-fi of Luke Skywalker reattaching his hand and wiggling his fingers, the following medical advances intend to not only make our lives more convenient; they are meant to enable longer, healthier lives. Body Not What It Used to Be?...

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