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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: ISM Manufacturing Index Hits Two-Year High

Plus: Transportation Orders Drag Down Durable Goods Housing Starts Perk Up Economic Indicators Inch Up Jobless Claims Fall Unexpectedly U.S. manufacturing gained momentum in November, according to data released today by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The ISM's manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) unexpectedly increased to 57.3 in November from 56.4 in October. The reading is...

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From Engineering.com: Ink-Jet Circuit Boards

In this week's episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Dan Hedges and Vince Penman discuss the launch of MAVEN; the world's largest tunnel-borer; ink-jet circuit boards; a flying, swimming, driving drone; a learning transistor; and laser holograms.  text [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WkTCUGaprk[/youtube] Check out more Engineering.com videos on IMT below: Trebuchet Throws...

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Friday Focus: 3 Universities to Collaborate on Big Data Research for Job Creation

Three universities are launching a multimillion-dollar effort to promote collaborative research into big data and develop new career paths in data science. In an effort to harness the full potential of big data and data scientists, a new five-year, $37.8 million initiative aims to spur collaborations among researchers at  New York University, the University of California-Berkeley, and the...

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DHL Wins EPA Award for Its Carbon Reduction Efforts

It might be said that the transport industry is at the cutting edge of sustainability. After all, its operating costs are directly linked to the price of energy. And the industry is responsible for 13 percent of all global emissions. So it stands to reason that logistics companies are wise to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to energy consumption, not only to keep expenses down and stay...

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Light Friday: 3 Things You May Not Know About Turkeys

Plus: Why Airports Make You Sick A Device that Scans Your Food for Calories Why You Can't Tickle Yourself  Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Since you've already had your fill of turkey, we think it's worthwhile to help you get to know a little more about the bird that is so central to this holiday season. And don't worry -- none of this will ruin your appetite come Christmas. The...

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With MAPS, Marine Corps Continues Military Applications of Solar

Just about every branch of the U.S. military has been trying to develop ways to make soldiers' lives easier through the use of solar power and extended life batteries. From the Army developing state-of-the-art systems like SWIPES (Soldier Worn Integrated Power Equipment System) and REPPS (Rucksack Enhanced Portable Power System), which Green & Clean Journal wrote about in July, to the Marines'...

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Advanced Electronics Give Fluid Power a Leg Up

Once considered cutting-edge technology, hydraulic systems have been on the decline in favor of more precise systems. But advancements in electronics are opening new avenues of capabilities, and causing many to give fluid power a second look.  Fluid power has been around for a long time. Hydraulic machines date back to 1785 with Englishman Armstrong Whitworth's hydraulic press. Since that...

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First Collegiate President of WiM Chapter Launches Engineering Career

Fusing her interest in manufacturing with the goal of getting more women involved in industry, Rebecca Madsen became the first president of a Women in Manufacturing (WiM) collegiate chapter while attending Brigham Young University. She's now part of the engineering team at Nature's Sunshine Products and spoke last month at the WiM Summit. Madsen set her sights on mechanical engineering as a...

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Expert's Corner: How to Preserve and Recover Documents After a Disaster

In his latest Expert's Corner, Michael Keating outlines ways that manufacturers can preserve important documents after a disaster. This is Keating's fifth in a series on disaster planning and recovery. Future installments in his disaster series will cover disaster preparation training for manufacturers and web resources and disaster guides for manufacturers.  After record-breaking rainfall...

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Understanding the Process of an M&A with Foreign Investors

When American companies are approached by foreign business looking to merge, acquire, or strategically invest, understanding the process can do much to ensure the best possible deal.  Approximately 84 percent of all foreign companies have entered the U.S. through mergers with and acquisitions of U.S. companies over the past decade, according to a report recently released by The Organization...

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