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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.

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?

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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.

Why All the NASA Hate?

December 22, 2009 10:25 am | by JOEL HANS, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Comments

A colleague of mine wrote a column a while ago titled, “We Landed On The Moon, Big Deal.” There’s no mincing words here; it’s easy enough to tell what his stance on NASA is.

The World's Worst Christmas Wish List

December 22, 2009 7:15 am | by DAVID MANTEY, Editor, PD&D | Comments

ZZVXW4HSZJ47 I’m not one for wish lists. I prefer to treat the requests like odd ransom demands or Sunday shopping lists. What do I really want for Christmas? Tide, maybe some dish soap or a towel.

Throw The Book At Him

December 21, 2009 11:32 am | by DAVID MANTEY, Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

Beijing Autos says it doesn’t know anything about the ex-engineer who photocopied thousands of documents and coincidentally took an overseas vacation to shop his merchandise to the highest bidder.

The Post-Industrial Myth

December 21, 2009 9:14 am | Comments

We cannot transition into a manufacturing-free, post-industrial service economy without enormous problems.

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