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Canadians Feel the Pinch, Too

Many U.S. citizens have long felt the ravaging effects of globalization. Our good neighbors to the north, too, are struggling with this juggernaut in the face of plant closures and millions of industry jobs lost over the last few years. Yet Canadian manufacturers seem upbeat about production and hiring prospects. "Since 2002, an estimated quarter million jobs were lost across Canada due to plant...

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U.S. High-Tech Industry Adds Jobs

The high-tech industry continued to grow in 2006, adding nearly 150,000 net jobs for a total of 5.8 million in the United States, according to the American Electronics Association and based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. This growth is faster than the 87,400 jobs added in 2005. The high-tech manufacturing industry alone added 5,100 net jobs. Here are some highlights and key challenges....

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Manufacturing Orders Up, Housing Down, Consumer Sentiment Worse

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased 3.4 percent to $214.9 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced in late April. This was the fourth increase in the last five months and followed a 2.4 percent February increase. Meanwhile, recently revised 2006 housing sales figures show that things have generally been worse than originally indicated, and consumer sentiment fell to its...

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Light Friday: Earth-Like Planet, Space Wars Revisited, Offensive Bloggage...

... Handsome Riggs, Real Kryptonite, The Mathematics of a Frothy Head and The Who Who? 'It's Like Earth, Only We Haven't Seen It' Astronomers this week announced the discovery of Gliese 581 C, an "Earth-like" planet 20 light years outside our solar system. Reuters reports: They have not directly seen the planet, orbiting a red dwarf star called Gliese 581. But measurements of the star suggest...

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Reform Takes Energy, Too

We're an energy-hungry society, no doubt about it. With the increasing attention paid to global warming, the pressure to curb greenhouse gas emissions grows. How to accomplish this, however, remains a huge bone of contention. The United States alone burns and consumes the highest amount of fossil fuels in the world. And China, which it was announced this week is set to overtake the U.S. as the...

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Is Wind Power Full of Hot Air?

In the U.S., as people recently poured into Earth Day celebrations, they encountered all sorts of booths and speeches extolling the virtues of wind power and other renewable resources. What participants were highly unlikely to hear were the limitations of wind power. Let's revisit wind. When it comes to green sources of energy, most of the attention is devoted to different types of clean fuels...

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Chinese Textile Shipping Can't Compete with N.J. Mill's Turnaround

Like many others in U.S. manufacturing, the domestic textile industry has been shrinking dramatically over the past few years — from 1.1 million employees to 760,000 between 2000 and 2005. Amidst all the manufacturing job losses, one bright star of an experience sheds some light on improving competitiveness. Here the textile success story is attributed to lean manufacturing and employee...

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Toyota to Supplant GM as World's Top Automaker? It's Happened

Due in no small part to fuel efficiency, the prospect that Toyota might beat General Motors in global sales this year had been looming for some time, though the prospect still seemed very much in Detroit's rear-view mirror... until it happened this week. Toyota Motor Co. this week reported that it sold 9 percent more vehicles in the first quarter than a year ago, bestowing the Japanese giant the...

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Weapons 'R' Us: Armaments for Enemy Submission

From lasers and ray guns to drones and next-gen nuclear weapons, the science and manufacture of weaponry never ends, nor do the creative (and scary) ideas for devices to make the enemy — whoever it is — submit. Bombs The introduction of the atomic bomb assured a monumental revenge for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After GIs were slaughtered by the thousands throughout the Pacific...

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Not So Quiet on the Western (or Eastern) Front

While the last couple of years have been a fruitful period for aerospace and defense sectors worldwide, the emphasis on the "global war on terror" continues to influence much of today's government spending on technology and R&D. Where and how are these funds being allocated? The Bush Administration's defense budget request, released in early February 2007, would commit $645-647 billion to...

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