Business & Industry

Today is Take Your Headlines to Work Friday

No, this has absolutely nothing to do with industry, engineering, or manufacturing. Take a break and see if you can match-up these actual CNN headlines (one from Column A and one from Column B), maybe having a laugh along the way. Enjoy your weekend! Column A Column A Column B 50 Cambodian students   to adopt mobile broadband Finland   unveiled Nancy Reagan   threatened by 'virus-laden...

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Fun with Patents: How Do People Come Up with This Stuff?

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door." I'm not sure that's true unless, of course, he was referring to The Merchant of Death 2000.* Patents have been awarded for a plethora of mousetraps, such as… The Mouse Depot Smart Mouse Trap Little Valve® Mouse Trap According to this reference, "One Internet source indicates that 4,400...

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Do Artists and Engineers Live in Different Worlds?

"The rapid expansion of technology in the last two centuries has led to the widespread perception of artists and engineers as inhabitants of different worlds…" Several years ago, I swore-off rap, country/western, and opera. For quite awhile, anything in those genres made me twitch. I'm still having a problem with CW, but broke self-imposed rules and tried some rap and opera (which go along...

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Manufacturers Excel at Fostering Leadership

General Electric Co. is acclaimed for its ability to nurture future leaders. Now, research shows that manufacturers as a group are skilled at preparing the most promising for top positions: A quick glance at the Top 20 U.S. Companies for Leaders makes one thing clear...manufacturers rule when it comes to developing leaders. Fourteen of the firms in the Top 20 and eight of the top 10 are...

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Federal Procurement Overlooks Small Biz

Small businesses are getting short shrift from federal agencies, receiving only 20% of their contracting dollars last year, far below the government's goal. And the problem goes beyond one lackluster year: When Congress set up the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1953, it declared that small businesses would be awarded at least 23% of all federal government prime contracts. It hasn't been...

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Flying Pigs, Guantanamo Bay, the Geneva Convention, and PLM.

I can't even begin to summarize this one in thirty words or less. You're just going to have to read it. Designing ICs is tough business. According to an article in Automotive Design Line, "…a single chip development project may involve 100,000 design files or more, usually organized in separate incompatible databases. Changes are frequent and must be reflected in every part of the design,...

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Rise of the Machines

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the war between man and machine was possible only after the world's technology was interconnected. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? ... Since it's a summertime Friday, I'll keep this brief and invite your commentary. While I don't believe that machines will take over (at least in our lifetimes), interconnections formed the most theoretically compelling...

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You Might Be An Engineer If…

This is some funny stuff. Several have been around for awhile, but revisiting classics for a laugh or a chuckle is a worthy pursuit, kinda like watching Duck Soup for the 33rd time. Others actually seem new. Compiled and edited for your reading pleasure… You Might Be an Engineer If You… 1. Have half-broken objects in your house that you refuse to throw away with the hope that you can...

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Stupid People Are Always Good for a Chuckle

The stupid (or daring?) have for at least a decade been recognized for their concerted efforts to stop their genes dead in their tracks, so to speak, sparing future generations of their own characteristics. If you haven't heard of the Darwin Awards then, man, you've gotta get out more. One of the 'official' Darwin Awards websites says it more eloquently than do I: Named in honor of Charles...

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Engineers Build Tsunami-Resilient Houses

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have designed and built homes that, according to computer models, will be five times more resistant to a tsunami than conventional houses: The researchers have already constructed about 80 of such homes, which are designed to be erected on top of blocks of concrete or wood with a ground clearance of one or...

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