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Did We Really Kill The Electric Car?

July 11, 2011 6:02 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

It was recently announced that Tesla Motors, the car company founded by billionaire Elon Musk and several Silicon Valley brains, would discontinue production on its pioneer model, the Tesla Roadster. The Tesla Roadster was designed as a way to get electric vehicle technology into the hands of early adopters, without subjecting them to the cart-type designs available up to that point.

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Don't Become The Laughing-Stock

June 23, 2011 8:07 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

If you’re paying much attention to the business/technology/Internet world right now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the numerous nefarious hacks that have occurred against a wide array of targets, from the U.S. government to Sony to Citibank to online video games. These attacks have been perpetrated, largely, by two organizations: Anonymous and the relative newcomer, Lulz Security (LulzSec).

Studies: Knowing When To Respond

June 10, 2011 9:15 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

I continually am amazed by the flood of new studies suggesting that consumers eat this; avoid that; disregard this study; ignore that study, the results of which overturned some other study that should be reconsidered; and so on. Savvy consumers looking to keep themselves and their families healthy are likely too overwhelmed to know what to think.

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Government Work: Pushing The Monolith

June 6, 2011 6:53 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

It’s hard to doubt the impact government work can have on a small business in terms of both financial and technological gain. Just imagine the potential such programs could have if the playing field were level. In its first ten years of existence, visualization software company Tecplot  relied almost entirely on R&D contracts with the U.

Full Of Sound And Fury

May 26, 2011 11:19 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As someone who spent the better part of college studying modern literary theory — a vocation so rich with complexity yet sparse in practical application — I can sympathize with the other liberal arts devotees out there: the ones with the music performance or art history degrees.

Making A Sport Out Of CEO Pay

May 25, 2011 12:09 pm | by by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

I’ve been a die-hard sports fan all my life. As I’ve grown and matured over the years, my highly-emotional, rabid fandom has evolved into something more statistically-oriented and analytical in nature. But that also means I have less and less tolerance for coaches and executives who don’t look at sports the same way.

Expect The Unexpected

May 20, 2011 6:03 am | by by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net

I suffer from Not-Enough-Hours-In-The-Day Syndrome. I barely have enough time during the day for daily maintenance, let alone preventative maintenance.  Since I have a company computer, I assumed that all of my antivirus software was current and that I was protected from threats. I didn’t think I needed to download any anti-spyware or anti-malware programs.

Google's Geek Haven

May 19, 2011 4:27 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

So seldom do companies continue to create incentives to retain employees that I was astonished to find Google had extended yet another fringe benefit, a geek haven. In an effort to extend the company’s founding principles through every bronchiole of its hierarchy, co-founder Larry Page’s latest brainchild, “ Google Workshops ”, offers employees a chance to get a taste of Google’s earliest days.

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2016: The End Of The Age Of America

May 17, 2011 7:12 am | by by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net 

The Mayans prophesized that 2012 will mark the demise of human civilization. And while many people disregard this apocalyptic fable, is it possible to completely disregard the fact that The International Monetary Fund estimates that “ The Age of America ” will come to its end in 2016? Specifically, 2016 is the year when China's growth intersects the decline of the U.

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Time To 'Open-Source' Your Smarts

May 10, 2011 6:03 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Since we launched the IMPO Insider back in August 2009, I’ve searched the Internet to the end and back for the best videos to feature in our Thursday newsletters. After all of that, I’ve seen some great content across the whole spectrum—funny, sad, uplifting, amusing, frightening.

Caught Looking

May 4, 2011 5:07 am

Over the weekend, we had one of those strange 80-degree April days that caught everybody off-guard. It was supposed to thunderstorm all afternoon, but wound up being partly sunny, hot and muggy—a welcome surprise for those of us in Wisconsin who aren’t good skiers and spend the winter mostly indoors.

Sue Me

April 26, 2011 5:16 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Coming off a two-day stint of gripping jury duty, I’ve cemented my belief that our culture is too eager to self-diagnose, place blame, and sue anything that may negatively impact our lives, regardless of fault. Long story, short: Woman A is loading groceries into the trunk of her car.

Let Them Eat Bugs

April 22, 2011 10:06 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food prices are on the rise again, the polar icecaps are melting and the rainforest is burning. These problems have plagued the earth for years, but now one scientist claims he has one simple solution for all of them: eat bugs. Dutch Professor Arnold van Huis  has dedicated himself to convincing the world to eat insects.

Re-Kindling Your Passion

March 30, 2011 11:40 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

I’ve always been a diehard fan of the printed page, whether it’s a hardback novel or the glossy pages of a magazine. That passion is a large part of why I’m in the publishing business now. In many ways, there’s nothing better than sitting down with a good book and feeling the pages between your fingers.

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Mitigating Purchasing Sabotage

March 30, 2011 11:31 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

For most people, a room full of editors, executives, sales reps, and business owners discussing MRO might not seem like a good time. I wish I could say I was with you, but the manufacturing and distribution nerd in me takes great pleasure in the picking of brains. I have a feeling that I am not alone among our readers in this.

No More Henry Fords

March 17, 2011 4:59 am | by by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor,

  Manufacturing.net   Slowly but surely all of the “mom and pop” manufacturing facilities are closing. From sardine canneries in Maine to baking product suppliers in California, smaller plants are feeling the pressure from buyers who believe importing manufactured goods is more cost efficient.

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USDA Says 'Cheese'

March 15, 2011 5:34 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

On Jan. 31, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines (better late than never). The food industry reactions are varied and anything but tepid. The Salt Institute calls the Guidelines “drastic, simplistic and unrealistic” after the recommendations suggested cutting sodium.

How Long Is Too Long?

March 8, 2011 10:16 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

One of the first columns I ever wrote for IMPO magazine — three long years ago when I took over as editor — was about my car. At the time, I was dealing with a maintenance issue, struggling over the decision of whether to investigate the dashboard light that seemed to indiscriminately flash on and off, or to save the cash since nothing appeared to be wrong.

What's Watson's End Game?

March 8, 2011 7:07 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

While I’m cautiously optimistic that we humans will not have to engage in a decades-long, post-apocalyptic war against power-hungry machines looking to wipe us off the face of the earth, I cannot help but wonder what the future holds for Watson and artificially intelligent computers like it.

Monitoring Your Brain Waves

March 4, 2011 5:25 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

Escaping the sub-zero weather in Wisconsin is enough to make the convention experience worthy of the time, effort, and expense. I arrived in Anaheim and walked off of the plane a sweaty mess covered in jackets, multiple layers, and gloves engineered for the Arctic. The ability to take a mid-winter stroll to the Medical Device & Manufacturing conference and exhibition without fear of frostbite and numbing limbs was refreshing; however, meeting with Julien Penders, program manager of Body Area Networks for imec, was an equally exhilarating experience.

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