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Light Friday: The 2008 Solar Eclipse and a Big Freakin' Particle Accelerator...

...Plus, Past Rapid Climate Cooling, a Day Worth Celebrating and MORE. Is it just me, or does no one seem particularly excited about the Olympics? I hate to admit it, but I'm at least a little relieved there might be a slowdown in election coverage. . . Tech-Savvy Quote of the Week This one comes from the Fortune archives (two years ago), courtesy of the New York Times this week: [M]y wife has...

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Beverage Makers Quick to Respond to Shifting Consumer Tastes

While negative news abounds when it comes to America's decline in manufacturing prowess, it sure is refreshing to hear that beverage makers continue to respond quickly to shifting consumer tastes while reaping rewards along the way. Forbes recently published a Top 10 list of America's fastest dying cities, and suggests that some cities are dying because of outmoded manufacturing methodologies....

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Growth of Employers' Health Care Costs to Level Off

The cost for work-sponsored health plans is expected to increase 9.9 percent this year and 9.6 percent in 2009, according to recent data from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute. From 1960 to 2002, employer spending on health benefits increased threefold, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. From one year to the next, healthcare costs for employers and their...

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Biomedical Engineering: Better, Stronger, Faster

The spate of superhero movies this summer has some of us wondering just how close we are to achieving super-human status. We may be closer than you think, writes IMT contributor Susannah Nevison. Due to innovative work in the field of biotechnology, we are gaining ground in improving health and medicine. Are we really that far from being improved and better equipped like this summer's Batman,...

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Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic: Inside One of the World's Most Admired Service Organizations

The Mayo Clinic earns over $6 billion a year and has become one of America's most successful hospitals. In Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic, the authors reveal the secrets to running not only a successful hospital, but a successful business. FROM THE PUBLISHER The first inside look at one of the world's most admired organizations, and the management practices that have made it great With...

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How to Recognize and Treat Heat Exhaustion

Summer may summon thoughts of barbecues and vacations, but safety and health concerns must not be ignored. Here are some ways to identify common heat-related hazards and prevent future heat injuries. The season may seam idyllic, but even so, we should consider improving our summer experiences both at work and at play by maintaining our health as the temperature ticks up toward triple-digits....

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Is Your Workplace Making You Sick?

Despite a recent noticeable shift toward promoting healthy workplaces, there remain plenty of opportunities for your job to make you sick. Everyday workplace activities can pose unseen risks to your health. In the United States alone, almost 70 percent of the workforce works in indoor office settings, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). And over the...

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Top Excuses for Missing Work

Nearly one-third of workers in a recent survey said they have called in sick when they weren't actually sick. The excuses some employees give for playing hooky are pretty darn colorful. In CareerBuilder.com's latest annual survey on absenteeism at the office, 32 percent of workers said they have called in sick when they were well at least once in the last year. The findings of the online job...

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Biz Outlook: The Health of the Economy

The worsening economy and its impact on businesses nationwide isn't looking much better through the year. As such, increasingly more firms are decidedly pessimistic in their outlook. In June, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke characterized the state of the United States economy as such: The risk that the economy has entered a substantial downturn appears to have diminished over the past month...

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Energy Costs Where it Really Hurts

As if health care prices weren't high enough, today's historically high oil prices and rising inflation are having a sizable impact on medical manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and, of course, patients. Rising energy costs are having major expected and unexpected effects on nearly every sector of the economy. With petroleum and gasoline prices at all-time highs, these costs are particularly...

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