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The (Almost) Perfect Game

June 4, 2010 4:46 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As many of you loyal IMPO readers know, I am quite a serious baseball fan. In fact, I am pretty sure Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio owes me a drink at some point; I swear I’ve paid a league minimum salary or two after years of dumping money into this organization.

Good News Is Not News

June 3, 2010 7:25 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

The most recent massive E. coli-related recall — Freshway Foods’ lettuce contamination — has food safety once again in the news. Whenever a major (or minor) food safety disaster occurs, the industry grumbling begins: “How come you don’t hear about the facilities that are doing things right? Or the millions of pounds of safe food that arrived in stores this week?” Well, because, “Hey, guys, this system functioned as designed, thus nothing newsworthy happened,” is not news.

Increasing Manufacturing Jobs Through Clean Energy

May 27, 2010 5:37 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net

Desperately in need of new jobs to help sustain our economy, the U.S. government has been pushing for advancement in the clean energy sector — and with good reason. Most renewable energy analysts predict the clean-tech sector will grow in worldwide revenue from $116 billion to $325 billion over the next decade, making it the largest single industrial sector in the world.

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Washing Off All Of This Oil

May 19, 2010 4:55 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

What’s scary about running a business is the sometimes latent and foreboding knowledge that there are far-reaching effects to everything . As we’ve seen time and again—and especially lately—natural disasters can have the ability to shut us down completely, whether or not we even operate in the hard hit areas.

The Evolution Of Innovation

May 13, 2010 12:15 pm | by by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine

In 1957, the Russians launched Sputnik. Two students at the Advanced Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins were able to find the signal that the Russians were broadcasting from the tiny satellite, and used it find the exact location of the silvery ball. It was a harmless trick until the government asked them to reverse the method to find objects on the ground.

Tobacco Battles Burning Out

May 13, 2010 4:58 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor

Recent  legislation  proposed by the Australian government would force tobacco companies to use plain, logo-free packaging on their cigarettes, in an attempt to make the products less attractive to consumers. But Australia isn’t the first government to regulate tobacco in effort to stomp out the industry’s hold on the health of millions of consumers.

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Apple Ups Our Fruit Intake... Again

May 10, 2010 4:48 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

It came to my attention last week that Apple had reached the distinguished honor of selling its one millionth iPad in just 28 days of the product’s market emergence. Not just an amazing figure for anyone, this feat is even outstanding for Apple—the teacher’s pet of technology.

Wal-Mart Garbage, Phony Warranties & Diabolical Enablers

May 7, 2010 8:50 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

To say that I’m going to move forward with an unbiased opinion would be a flat lie. As the recent victim of techno-junk profiteering, I have bone-picking on the mind and a slew of conspirators who profited, however minimally, from a recent purchase of a bottom-shelf DVD player from a corporate punching bag.

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When 'Slackers' Take Over Manufacturing

May 6, 2010 10:01 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

We all know that manufacturing has an old age problem . Something has to be done—and rather quickly—to fill in the massive gaps that the Boomers will leave in this industry once they retire. One of the main initiatives to solve this crisis of sorts is to market manufacturing as a career option for the members of Generation Y, of which I am a part.

In Your Hands

May 5, 2010 4:53 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

People always say that you can tell a lot about a person by simply observing his or her hands. In most cases, I’ve found this to be true. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it’s still apparent that my first real job was dishwashing. I remember spending back-breaking hours over those stainless steel tubs of suds and half-scraped dinner plates and appetizer baskets, but nothing was more satisfying than earning a few bucks at an early age, even if the job only paid $4 an hour.

The Price Is Right

April 29, 2010 9:36 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net

I’m the proud owner of a 2010 Honda CR-V.  I bought the car back in December—before Toyota’s problems had surfaced. When Toyota’s issues came to light a month later, I was even happier with my choice. But every now and then, I feel some guilt.

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Stay Off That Plane

April 20, 2010 12:13 pm | by by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

To fly or not to fly is suddenly  the question , and though I do enjoy the Shakespearean spin on the tragedy, let’s not get too loose with the definition of tragedy. If anything, the airport crisis plays out more like a dark comedy than a tragic event. Labeling a week stranded in an airport a tragedy is like calling  Piano Man  the greatest song ever made.

Iran Won't Hinder Global Nuclear Power Development

April 20, 2010 10:27 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

This week the hot topic of nuclear power was overshadowed by President Obama’s announcement to restrict the use of nuclear weapons and reduce nuclear stockpiles—along with Russia—by about one-third. If you missed it, the President specified that the  use of nuclear weapons  would only be considered against countries that are not in compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; for example, North Korea and Iran.

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Manufacturing’s Old Age Problem

April 19, 2010 5:32 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

I thought I knew what a deadline was in college, but when I was miraculously able to translate my English literature degree into a full-time writing job, I learned what this really meant. When someone is paying you to do something, you get it done—plain and simple. What this occasionally means for me are long nights, early mornings, and a rare summer Saturday spent getting laptop burns on my legs instead of sunburns.

Innocent iPads Detained By Israeli Customs

April 16, 2010 7:16 am | by by Karen Langhauser, Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Yesterday, global media sources were abuzz with news that Israel has banned imports of the Apple iPad , citing concerns that the unit’s wireless frequencies are not compatible with national standards. American WiFi standards permit broadcasting at a higher power than European standards; Israeli standards mirror those of Europe.

Direct Your Angry E-Mails Elsewhere

April 13, 2010 8:56 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Fan of the Obama administration or not, it’s clear that we need a new direction on our country’s manufacturing policy. We’ve needed one for a long time, actually — before President Obama took office, and before President Bush won for the first time in 2000.

It's Not Easy Being Green, But You Have To Be

April 12, 2010 4:55 am | by by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net

I’m sorry, you’re not green enough. Just a few years ago, using that type of reasoning for dissolving a business partnership may have been hard to swallow. However, that’s exactly what Nestle did. The Swiss food company announced that it was  dropping an Indonesian palm oil supplier  due to the damage that palm oil plantations are causing in Southeast Asia.

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Don’t Hate the Biofuel Player, Hate the Game

April 2, 2010 9:14 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

Last Monday I came back to work after three weeks off. In that relatively short period of time, a lot has changed. Firstly, I’m now married to the girl of my dreams and ridiculously excited about spending the rest of my life with such an incredible person. Secondly, the snow and ice covering Madison, WI has completely subsided, allowing me to pull out the grill in preparation for the 70 degree weather that will apparently arrive at the end of this week.

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At Least You Have A Job

April 2, 2010 4:14 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

“Well… I guess I should just be glad I have a job.” Ugh. I sincerely feel that this distasteful phrase is the ugly ribbon tied around our pre-packaged recession malaise. Don’t get me wrong… I AM glad to have a job. But as we grapple up this economic canyon, the lingering cries of a desperately submissive workforce have muted our national confidence.

Your Brain Wants Chocolate Cake

March 26, 2010 4:55 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

When your eyes dart between the grilled cheese and the salad bar during your lunch break, what are you really thinking about? How do you decide between the real-fruit sorbet and the chocolate cake? We recently ran  a video from CBS news , which suggests that the reasons we choose to eat what we choose to eat may be more complicated than they seem at first glance.

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