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Is Aerogel Technology The Key To Oil Spill Cleanup?

June 6, 2014 12:05 pm | by Wisconsin Institute For Discovery | Comments

Cleaning up oil spills and metal contaminates in a low-impact, sustainable and inexpensive manner remains a challenge for companies and governments globally. But a group of researchers at UW–Madison are examining alternative materials that can be modified to absorb oil and chemicals. If further developed, the technology may offer a cheaper and “greener” method to absorb oil and heavy metals from water and other surfaces.

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Creating Lightning In Liquid: Purifying Water With Water

May 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Clarkson University | Comments

A chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at Clarkson University is pioneering a new purification process that, if successful, could help millions of people without access to clean water quickly and efficiently purify water to make it safe for drinking and cooking.

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The Next Generation Of Wind Power Floats

May 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

As much as I’m fascinated by the mechanics of the wind turbines, I recognize that some people find them hideous or loud, and, in fact, do not want to live near a giant fan. However, wind needs to be considered as an alternative source of energy. If there are complaints about the design or noise of traditional wind turbines, why not redesign them?

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Preserving Fresh Water Through Innovation

May 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Shell | Comments

Check out how the Dawson Creek Reclaimed Water Project protects the water resources in and around the Groundbirch, BC fracking operation.                                                              

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Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

There's two ways one can look at this film. First is that it's a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn't well-known. The second is that it's exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be...          

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Farmers Weigh The Risks Of Fracking

April 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Al Jazeera English | Comments

In Ireland, where the agricultural focus has shifted to Irish-grown, organic food, farmers are struggling with whether the potential environmental dangers of fracking outweigh the energy benefits.                                        

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This Tiny Box A Key To Energy Storage?

April 4, 2014 1:00 am | by University of Maryland | Comments

If you think your origami skills can’t be beat – try this: use the world’s thinnest material, make the origami fold and unfold itself and pack into your miniscule origami box enough hydrogen atoms to exceed future U.S. goals for hydrogen energy storage devices. Researchers from the University of Maryland have done all three.

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In the dessert of Oman, the water used to drill for crude oil is being cleaned using only reeds, gravity, sunlight and hungry microbes.

Naturally Purifying Drilling Water

March 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Shell | Comments

In the dessert of Oman, the water used to drill for crude oil is being cleaned using only reeds, gravity, sunlight and hungry microbes.                                            

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Managing Tailing Pond Wildlife

March 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers | Comments

Calvin Duane, of Canadian Natural, talks about the technology used to keep birds away from tailings ponds, ensuring the safety of the animals and that the ponds have minimal impact on their environment.             

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Are You Ready For INTERPHEX 2014?

February 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Take a look back at last year's INTERPHEX IPS Technology tours and gear up for this year's tours. On March 19th experts from IPS will guide groups around the show floor, visiting leading providers of equipment in Advanced Aseptic Technologies, Biomanufacturing, Inspection & Packaging, Modular Construction, and OSD Technologies. 

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Saving Energy & Money With The Better Plants Challenge

February 14, 2014 3:50 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | Comments

Check out this video profile of Alcoa and ArcelorMittal, participants in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants Challenge, to see how through the program companies have increased recycling efforts, dramatically reduced emissions and saved almost $20 million dollars a year in energy costs.

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Slime Busting Coating For More Sustainable Ships

February 5, 2014 2:44 pm | by AkzoNobel | Comments

At his lab, Mehmet Atlar, Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics at Newcastle University, is working on new polymers that can be painted to the hulls of ships to prevent the build-up of various underwater slimes. It’s a bit like the non-stick surface of a frying pan, which prevents anything from adhering. By testing model ships in various conditions, Altar is already seeing results.

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women in manufacturing, welding, women in engineering, women's jobs

Why Women Belong In Manufacturing

January 31, 2014 3:32 pm | by CBIA Education Foundation | Comments

Women can make a critical difference in an industry in dire need of qualified skilled workers -- and they have the same opportunities as men to succeed and excel in the new world of manufacturing.                               

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Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens, using Google Earth infrastructure, that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization.

Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Ford | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens, using Google Earth infrastructure, which facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization.

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Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends For 2014

January 13, 2014 12:16 pm | by Equipment Leasing And Finance Association | Comments

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, which represents the equipment finance sector, recently revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2014. Given U.S. businesses will spend in excess of $1.5 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment this year, these trends impact a significant portion of the U.S. economy.

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