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New Mexico: Spacecraft Landings and Liftoffs

It has been rumored for years that New Mexico is the preferred landing spot for aliens and their spacecraft. Now, with Virgin Galactic, the state plans to build a "spaceport" in its desert to send off Earth's own tourists in spacecrafts. Upon considering just how much money British entrepreneur Richard Branson really has, perhaps it is not totally preposterous that the founder of the Virgin Group...

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Light Thursday: Best of the Best of the Best, Part Deux

Best of the Best of the Best of 2005…continued…from Intel to Oprah, movies to wine, and sustainable corporations to things said when they thought the mics were off. Oprah's Favorite Things Perhaps like you, I could basically care less about Oprah, or even her favorite — or most beloved — things. But I'm trying to be open-minded here. Maybe you're an Oprah fan, or know of one...

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Aforetime New Year's Wishes!

A bit too soon, sure, but we at Industrial Market Trends wish our dear readers the most pleasant of New Year's celebrations. See you under the coffee table. Catch you in 2006. Cheers. This blogger's staying in his cozy corner of Brooklyn all weekend. No way is he venturing near Times Square to deal with this: Source: http://www.duke.edu/~mkr2/panoramas.html (Also: Newsletter subscribers, due to...

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Reprocessing Nuclear Waste: Yucca Mountain, or a Hole in the Ground

Apparently, dealing with nuclear power plants' radioactive waste isn't as easy as originally thought to be. Yucca Mountain's big hole in the ground, wherein excess, unusable radioactive waste was decided to be deposited, is in a sort of purgatory. So an ambitious new kind of reprocessing has been proposed. Last month Congress voted $50 million for the Energy Department to explore a new kind of...

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Light Thursday: Best of the Best of the Best

If you're at work at all this week, you'll be off tomorrow for New Year's Eve, or at least heading out early. So, instead of Light Friday, we now officially have Light Thursday (With Part II of this piece to appear in tomorrow's Light Friday, just in case anyone's paying attention. 'Tis the time of year when media becomes obsessed with lists. In keeping with that time-honored tradition, we bring...

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Where is Google Going — Or Taking Us?

Wired magazine co-founder John Batelle, in an excellent article on CNN.com (The Future of Online Search), says "Search is one of the hardest computer science problems in the world." Let's take a look at where that statement is, and where it might be going. Perhaps that's because there's so little for programmers to go on in terms of consistency. How can you possibly get a good quantity of...

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Senate Blocks Drilling in Alaska's ANWR

After a debaucherous holiday, we're back and diving right in to bringing you some significant info. Coming during the last few days before the Senate left for the holidays, a vote came down on Wednesday blocking drilling in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge -- a Christmas gift for Democrats (and some Republicans) but a lump of coal for most Republicans. Last week, before leaving for the holidays,...

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Wal-Mart Thinks Supply Chain Issues Are Tough? Feh. Try Being Santa.

Inside is a (mostly) lighter take on Christmas: Business considerations of Santa's Global Supply Chain Ops. Hey, even Santa's heading for an RFID implementation. A Q&A with Santa's CIO From CIO.com we have an amusing and brief interview with a key member of Santa's team, Hermey Elfin. You think you have supply chain headaches? Try being Hermey Elfin for a day. As CIO of Santa Claus LLC's North...

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Happy Holidays, Dear Readers!

This will be our last pre-holiday post, until we return next Tuesday. From the IMT blog, we wish our dear readers a Merry Christmas (or cheer for whichever holiday you intend to celebrate). Happy Holidays! Be safe, but party hard. We sure will. "Good grief."

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Manufacturing Christmas

Three staples of Christmas in America — the Christmas Card, Christmas Tree lighting and even Christmas Trees themselves — have their own histories of engineering, manufacturing and innovation. In and around 1860, Christmas cards were popular in the UK, but hadn't caught on here. While examples existed previously in the U.S., it wasn't until 1875 that they were a success, thanks to Louis...

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