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What’s that Down the Road? A Head?

February 12, 2010 8:53 am | by DR. CHRIS KUEHL, Economic Analyst, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. | Comments

The four main factors that will affect 2010 will be credit and its availability, the emergence of an inflationary spiral, demand factors and the impact of governmental programs.

Employee Power

February 11, 2010 11:53 am | Comments

Management could benefit from more employee involvement. For example, giving them the power to shut down the line if there is a breach or helping them to learn what is safe and unsafe.

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The Solution to Everything — Charge More

February 10, 2010 6:19 am | by DAVID MANTEY, Editor, Product Design & Development (PD&D) | Comments

Some companies seem to have quit trying to find a new model or improve an old one. They are willing to ride increasing fees into the bankruptcy sunset across the scorched customer service plains.

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The Boy who Harnessed the Playstation

February 9, 2010 6:58 am | by JOEL HANS, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

See what more you could be doing to foster creative thought or productivity, because nothing turns you into a zombie faster than after-midnight virtual skateboarding.

Moderation, Motivation Deep-Fried Salad

February 8, 2010 6:32 am | by KAREN LANGHAUSER, Editor-in-Chief, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Today’s society is pressed for time and money, and quite honestly, flat out not interested in cooking elaborate meals, nor giving up delicious things like pizza and takeout.

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Extreme Nuclear Makeover

February 5, 2010 5:08 am | Comments

The President wins points for taking decisive action on climate change, but don't expect the public to embrace nuclear power while a quarter of the plants are leaking radioactive waste.

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Celebrating Spring Chickens

February 3, 2010 5:48 am | by KAREN LANGHAUSER, Editor-in-Chief, and KRYSTAL GABERT, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Many companies still take the time to recognize that new ideas are not only attractive, but also compulsory in an industry that wants to keep moving forward.

Umm ... That Edible Food-Like Substance Really Hits The Spot

February 2, 2010 5:38 am | by JEFF REINKE, Editorial Director | Comments

Food activist Michael Pollan touched a nerve when alluding to “edible food-like substances,” referring to many of the processed foods Americans consume every day.

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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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