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Skydiving from Space

January 29, 2010 12:24 pm | Comments

A team of engineers is developing the technology necessary for Felix Baumgartner  to perform a jump from 120,000 feet.

IT — A Love-Hate Relationship

January 29, 2010 5:32 am | by JEFF REINKE, Editorial Director, Chem.Info | Comments

It’s easy to complain about downtime associated with scheduled IT overhauls and upgrades, but try to remember how life would be without them, and maybe take an extra moment to appreciate your tech.

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Stalking Better Food Traceability

January 26, 2010 12:50 pm | Comments

In a world where uncovering a mountain of useless detail takes mere minutes, it seems obvious that the compulsion to catalog information could be put to more useful purposes — like tracking our food supply.

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Unused Resources in Haiti at Home

January 25, 2010 12:30 pm | Comments

In Haiti, resources are not reaching the people who need them the most. A similar situation is happening here in the U.S.

The Highs Lows of Self-Employment

January 25, 2010 7:08 am | by Masha V. Petrova, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, MVP Modeling Solutions, LLC | Comments

When I land a consulting project, or a happy customer lets me know how well I did, it is the greatest feeling in the world. But then t here are days when I doubt every idea that comes into my head.

Biofuel 'Pests' Key to Energy Conversion Storage

January 21, 2010 12:50 pm | by JIM LANE, Editor & Publisher, Biofuels Digest | Comments

So much of what we are doing in biomass-based research is a form of interviewing pests and invasive species to unlock their secrets.

Chemical Emergencies: Yesterday Tomorrow

January 18, 2010 8:19 am | by CHRIS COWLES, Global Marketing Manager, SAFER Systems | Comments

One must acknowledge the positive contribution chemicals have on our way of life, but we must also be aware of the real potential dangers they present, both to life itself and to the environment.

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Food Industry Vital for Haiti's Recovery

January 15, 2010 11:29 am | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor | Comments

In the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, food companies are coming to the rescue — in more ways than you might expect.

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A Remote Control with Built-in TV?

January 14, 2010 12:01 pm | Comments

I realize we love glowing gadgets, but just because it’s old doesn’t make it obsolete. And just because it’s new doesn’t make it better.

The $435 Tube of Lip Gloss

January 13, 2010 6:04 am | by ANNA WELLS, Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

I don’t need to gauge the desperation in today’s economy or question the moral relativism that presupposes the concept of theft. My concern lies in the trickle-down effect of theft for manufacturers.

Enough with the Positive Thinking

January 12, 2010 5:03 am | by ANNA WELLS, Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

Positive thinking — reinforced by our Oprah-like “me power” culture, not to mention novels that suggest you can have everything if you optimize your mental powers to attract it — is delusional.

Smart Choices Dynamite

January 8, 2010 5:14 am | by KAREN LANGHAUSER, Editor-in-Chief, Food Manufacturing | Comments

The Smart Choices program was a great idea. It was intended to create a single and uniform labeling system that would help consumers identify smarter food choices. So why did it blow up in the faces of its creators?

Is Solar Thermal the Way to Go?

January 5, 2010 12:53 pm | Comments

A compelling argument for solar thermal collectors over solar cells is based on the need to go low-tech.

Quick, Get Me Some Meds

January 4, 2010 8:56 am | by CARRIE ELLIS, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Having a pharmacopeia of drugs in your purse is now perceived as normal, with advertising bombarding us via the radio, TV and more recently, the Net.

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Note for 2010: Stop Buying 5-lb Bags of Oranges

January 4, 2010 6:18 am | by ANNA WELLS, Editor, IMPO | Comments

Among the things I learnt in 2009: E-mail is slowly suffocating me, I cannot hit a fast-pitch baseball or eat a 5-lb bag of oranges before they turn, and manufacturing’s place in America is not a given.

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