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The Real Cost Of This Recession

October 14, 2009 4:55 am | Comments

By Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks It’s finally gotten to me. I have given up on

Pack Expo Wrap-Up: Secret Services

October 12, 2009 12:24 pm | Comments

I noticed two prevailing trends at last week's Pack and Process Expos: The continued push for sustainable options and an overall attempt to help companies succeed despite the bad economy.

Starbuckling Down

October 12, 2009 6:11 am | Comments

By Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO Perhaps it’s because it’s one of the most visible brands out there, but Starbucks has been all up in my face in this recession.

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Plastic Moves Up The Food Chain

October 8, 2009 1:08 pm | Comments

By Karen Langhauser, Editor-in-Chief, Food Manufacturing Right now, I’m on my way back from touring an 80,000-square-foot in-house post-consumer recycling center in West Virginia.

Champagne Beer

October 7, 2009 5:30 am | Comments

By David Mantey, Editor, PD&D “Americans had a champagne taste while on a beer budget.” It wasn’t a particularly life-shattering statement, but as a fan of idioms I was immediately drawn to attention.

Too Much Nano? Get Used To It

October 5, 2009 12:45 pm | Comments

Tired of carbon nanotubes? Me, too. But with the Nikon Small World competition upon us, it seems I can't escape them.

Kaizen For Sore Feet

October 5, 2009 5:51 am | Comments

by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO I’m by no means a trade show amateur. In fact, I’ve walked so many expo halls over the course of my career in trade media I probably have permanent shin splints - the result of several marathons of dress shoes on concrete.

Moderating The Death Panel

October 1, 2009 12:38 pm | Comments

A new cylindrical product format for Harry London Candies' chocolate bars presented a processing problem when an order 1.5 million bars came in.

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Being A Real Tool

September 30, 2009 6:21 am | Comments

By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Group Today is my first day in the office this week, as the first two allowed for a dynamic range of visits that ran the gamut from medical equipment firms to a private label chocolate processor.

Self-Replicating Nano-Robots

September 29, 2009 6:53 am | Comments

By Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info Yesterday marked 20 years since IBM researcher Don Eigler became the first person to move an individual atom , using the tip of his custom-built scanning tunneling microscope.

50 Million Compounds Counting

September 28, 2009 5:10 am | Comments

Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine As of Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, the Chemical Abstracts Service hit a milestone of impressive scale: more than 50 million organic and inorganic compounds are now characterized and catalogued within its database.

Mustachioed Deer Hunters

September 24, 2009 9:48 am | Comments

I'm a Wisconsin native vegetarian who's never held a rifle, driven a pick-up truck or milked a cow but I still love my beer.

Waste Not The Profit

September 23, 2009 6:26 am | Comments

By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Group While it’s not the first time a trip to Starbucks has helped propel my work, it usually has more to do with the caffeine kick than any topical inspiration.

Carbon Sequestration: The Ethanol Of The Next Decade?

September 22, 2009 4:57 am | Comments

Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine The climate change bill has become the poor cousin of health care this summer, but that may soon change.

The Pros Cons Of Cool

September 21, 2009 6:13 am | Comments

Trendiness embeds things firmly into the public eye, opening them up for scrutiny, and sometimes exploiting them beyond repair. The FOod Inc. film is a good example of this.

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