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The Formula for Kick-Starting U.S. Manufacturing Begins with Technology

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Much of what we buy in the U.S. is not made here, and hasn’t been for decades. If 2013 is any indication this could be changing, although the next generation of American manufacturing will differ greatly from its predecessor thanks to advanced technologies that rely on information rather than brawn. Early in the year, President [...]

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Obama Takes Aim at Climate Change, Cyber Security

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After a campaign that avoided climate change like the plague, President Barack Obama gave a State of the Union speech that put climate change on center stage. Early in the speech he encouraged law makers to revisit cap-and-trade as a way of tackling emissions of greenhouse gases. “I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, [...]

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Observations

3-D Printing Software Helps Designers Avoid Rookie Mistakes [Video]

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It seems the future of 3-D printing is limited only by one’s imagination. The process is already used to build—layer by layer—jewelry, toys and a variety of prosthetics, with some predicting that additive fabrication of space station spare parts and even food isn’t far behind. Despite this promise, design flaws can greatly impact the quality [...]

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Shift Workers in Dangerous Industries Most Likely to Be Short on Sleep

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It’s always nice to get the full recommended seven or nine hours of sleep every day. But life—and work—often gets in the way. And getting too little sleep can decrease attention and short-term memory and can also alter rational judgment—in addition to increasing the risk for some diseases and making it harder to lose weight. [...]

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Talking back

3-D Printing: The Great American Tchotchke Machine

I saw an article in Time magazine a few weeks ago about a low-cost 3D printer. The machine  receives instructions from a digital computer file that instructs it to build things by depositing and fusing layers of a heated plastic. In 1983, I remember a Time magazine “Machine of the Year” cover that proclaimed: “The [...]

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