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Creative Baby Boomers Can Win $100,000!

We've had a great many reader comments (some decisive; some skeptical; some insightful; some, uh, "passionately obtuse") posted to recent coverage of Baby Boomers and a dubious labor gap. As such, we call your attention to this cool find -- a new contest that could win entrepreneurial age 60+ers $100,000 each. Plenty of Baby Boomers are already entrepreneurs; simultaneously, many more are...

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Light Friday: Heaven on eBay, Pinched Grinch, Mashed Artichokes...

...a haunted 1992 Buick, a song for engineers, Santa Claus: An Engineer's Perspective, and so much more in this week's exclusive Getting-Close-to-Christmas Edition of Light Friday. Barbara Walters and the eBay Find of the Week Coming up on Tuesday (December 20, 9:00 EST; check your local listings) is an ABC News special broadcast in which Barbara Walters "…takes viewers on a journey around...

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Congress Poised to Pass Law Regulating Security of Chemical Plants

Congress is now poised to try passing a law that regulates security both in and around chemical and petrochemical plants, which security experts say are among the most potentially deadly terrorist targets in the nation. On Dec. 3, 1984, in Bhopal, India, an uncontrolled release of 90,000 pounds of methyl isocyanate gas from a United States-owned chemical plant immediately killed several thousand...

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Hydraulics, Servos and Gears – Oh, My!

Robotics seems to be one of the few areas of technology that makes it into the national media on a fairly regular basis. To clarify that observation, it's one of the few "hard" technologies to do so. As an engineer, what do you think of the future of robots? Anything involving Microsoft or the virus-of-the-month also makes headlines but, except for the (sometimes) associated CD or User Leaflet,...

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New Year's Resolution: Earned Value Management

As the deadline for development of comprehensive policies for agencies' use of Earned Value Management (EVM) rapidly approaches — December 31— the time to understand and plan for the requirement is now. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum in August 2005 requiring agencies to utilize Earned Value Management (EVM), a process that measures the value of work on a...

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IMT Premier Edition: The Great Engineering Gift Guide – 2005

While I typically don't get into the Christmas spirit until about 6 p.m. on December 24th, I wondered what cool gifts are available for the engineers in your midst, family, or circle of friends. If you're shopping, there's still enough time. If you're putting together a list, maybe there are a couple items here that you could highlight and pass along to Santa. The absolute best site for gifts for...

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FutureGen, DOE Partner for Coal-Fueled Power Plant Prototype

The U.S. Dept. of Energy this week entered into a cooperative agreement with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to develop and site FutureGen, a $1 billion prototype of a coal-fueled power plant with a target of zero emissions, hydrogen production and carbon dioxide sequestration. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman on Tuesday announced that the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has...

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Trick Engineering Question: Everyone Knows that an Iceberg Sank the Titanic, Right?

I love movies. While recently watching James Cameron's Titanic, opinions and reviews aside, I wondered, "Did an iceberg really sink the Titanic?" As it turns out — surprisingly — that was a reasonable question. We've all seen the movie. Big, "unsinkable" ship plows into an iceberg, resulting in a tragic loss of life. (Along with some inaccuracies from Cameron, but this isn't the place...

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Holiday Facts to Enhance Productivity

Your Christmas vacation is so close you can taste the cocoa, and you're quickly losing your motivation to be productive in the office. Seeing as you're not working anyhow, warm up to these fun holiday facts. Consumer Spending $439.53 Billion The revised total retail sales forecast for this year's holiday. This expected amount is a six percent increase over last year's total retail sales. [Source:...

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