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Bart Aslin (SME-EF) on Tomorrow's Engineers

IMT recently picked the brain of Bart Aslin, director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers - Education Foundation, to get his take on introducing young people to careers in manufacturing, engineering, science and technology. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers - Education Foundation (SME-EF) is one of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing...

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How to Make the Most of Your Invention

Developing a new product goes far beyond the invention itself. Here we look at some of the ways DIY inventors, designers and engineers can reap the benefits from their creative efforts. From coming up with an innovative idea, to designing, building and bringing it to market, developing a new invention can be a challenging process. Even though an inventor might have the skills for constructing a...

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Shop Class As Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Part social criticism and part personal exploration, Shop Class as Soulcraft, from motorcycle-repair shop owner Michael Crawford, makes the case for working with one's hands to make and fix things. FROM THE PUBLISHER A philosopher/mechanic destroys the pretensions of the high-prestige workplace and makes an irresistible case for working with one's hands. Shop Class as Soulcraft brings alive an...

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Turning Business Failure into Success

Everyone experiences a letdown at work from time to time, but a bungled assignment or project failure doesn't always have to become a long-term problem. In fact, there are numerous ways to turn a workplace failure into a success. Whether confronting a personal error that hurts the completion of an assignment or one that will have company-wide repercussions, dealing with work failures is sometimes...

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NY International Auto Show Features Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Opening April 2 and running through the 11th, the NY Auto show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center will showcase 25 alternative fuel vehicles. This category encompasses all types of vehicles including large SUVs, pick-up trucks, luxury vehicles, mid-sized sedans, and small compact cars. With a focus on higher gas mileage and reduced emissions, most of these alternative fuel vehicles are...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Slips in Global Network Readiness

Plus: Q4 GDP Growth, Falling Jobless Claims and Conveyor Industry Shipments in 2009. U.S. Economy Grows 5.6 Percent During the final three months of 2009, the United States economy grew at its fastest pace in six years, according to U.S. Department of Commerce estimates released last week. U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) - the output of goods and services produced by labor and property...

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Fix a Leak Week

In case you missed it, March 15-21 was designated by the EPA's WaterSense Program as Fix a Leak Week, to help remind everyone that all the small drips waste trillions of gallons of water a year. Their Fix a Leak Week publication supplies facts and figures on how small repairs can make a big difference in household water consumption

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The Future Line on Lithium

Lithium. It's not something that most of us think too much about (and if you do, keep it to yourself, particularly on first dates). However, it's something anyone who follows world financial markets may be seeing more about lately. Why the interest? As the demand and production of hybrid/electric vehicles is expected to escalate in the future, so is the demand for the lithium-ion rechargeable...

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Light Friday: Unintentional Entrepreneurs

Plus: The Vanishing Island, Robotic Hummingbirds and Nature by Numbers. Disputed Island Vanishes International conflicts are rarely resolved by having the source of the problem simply vanish, but rising water levels recently eliminated a potential military threat for two nations, sinking their dispute under the waves. An uninhabited island in the Bay of Bengal that has been a contested territory...

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Despite Recalls, Auto Sales Poised to Surge

Despite a recent spate of recalls among several major automakers, projections indicate that car sales may increase significantly in March thanks to new incentives designed to compensate for sales losses. Although the automotive industry has been plagued with a recent string of large-scale recalls from both General Motors Co. and the world's largest automaker, Toyota Motor Corp., efforts to...

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