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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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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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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: President Signs on the Dotted Line for Housing...

... More Bad News for Automakers, U.S. and Eurozone Manufacturing Update, Higher Job Losses Coincide with Higher Productivity and MORE. Follow-up: Fannie and Freddie Get Government Boost As expected, President Bush last week signed a housing bill intended to rescue about 15 percent of the cash-strapped homeowners in fear of foreclosure in the next year or so, according to the Associated Press....

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Light Friday: A Rise-and-Shine-to-Bacon Alarm...

...Understanding Pain and Ancient Wit. Plus: This isn't how a jet pack is supposed to look, is it? Tracing the World's Oldest Joke A new University of Wolverhampton research project reveals that a gag about a woman passing gas is the world's oldest witticism. The ancient Sumerian proverb, which dates back to 1900 BC, goes: Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman...

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China Trade Gap's Impact on American Jobs

The increasing U.S. trade deficit with China resulted in the loss of 2.3 million American jobs between 2001 and 2007, including 366,000 last year, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute. Manufacturing lost 200,000 scientist and engineer jobs, a 10.7 percent drop. The United States' increasing trade deficit with China resulted in a loss of 2.3 million American jobs between 2001...

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Manufacturers to Compete in the 2008 Summer Games

With the 2008 Olympic Games around the corner, manufacturers are making sure their products also have what it takes to compete. Consumer Goods Technology recently published an interesting feature that discusses how companies like Coca-Cola, Hershey, Nike and Ralph Lauren are turning their red, white and blue into green. The Coca-Cola Company, a sponsor of the Olympics for 80 years, is producing...

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Pay Raises Remain Steady as Economy Drops

A new survey finds U.S. employers keeping pay raises steady for the coming year. Of course, it's probably too soon for American workers to rejoice. Despite the economic downturn, most employers in the United States still plan to hand out decent pay raises next year, according to a new survey by global consulting firm Watson Wyatt Worldwide. The survey, which will be published later this year,...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Housing Bailout Awaits President's Signature...

...Plus a whole lot more this week, including Metals Production and Shipments, U.S. and UK Factory Orders, Global Automobile and Aircraft Sales, Railroad Earnings and MORE. Fannie and Freddie Get Boost from Senate Congress sent President George W. Bush legislation on Saturday designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, spur home buying and prop up struggling mortgage giants Fannie Mae and...

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Light Friday: The Upside of High Gas Prices and Celebrating 40 Years of the Cubicle...

...Plus the Space Elevator Conference, Futuristic Windshields and MORE. The Cubicle Celebrates its 40th The soulless, misunderstood cubicle is celebrating its 40th birthday this month, according to the Kansas City Star (via CareerBuilder.com). Will you be celebrating? An Umbrella for the 21st Century It's been pretty rainy around here lately. Here's one possible solution: A hands-free umbrella...

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Overhyped Nanotech Set to Fulfill Potential

We've all heard the hype and the incredible predictions over the past decade, but some high-profile failures have left manufacturers and investors skeptical of nanotechnology. A new report now contends that the growth of nanotech is turning the once-overhyped industry into reality. Nanotechnology now typically refers to any science or tech-engineering projects that relate to or focus on...

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