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Deep Cuts

Two national labs downsize in anticipation of DOE squeeze Two national labs are eliminating more than 500 staff positions as the government pushes for deep budget cuts at the Department of Energy. Staff cuts announced yesterday at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island marked the first anticipatory moves—and […]

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Electric Food

Could renewable energy help solve world hunger? Finnish researchers have created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a system powered by renewable energy. The entire process requires only electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes. The synthetic food was created as part of the Food From Electricity project, which is […]

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Night in Day

Electrical engineer in Oregon builds eclipse-catered house August 21st is a big day…with a little bit of night. The most complete solar eclipse in recent memory will glaze its way right across the United States like an award-winner’s ribbon, carving an almost perfect diagonal pathway from Oregon to South Carolina. One electrical engineer in that […]

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Positions Available

Latest jobs report shows positive signs for manufacturing The latest BLS jobs report: Highs, lows, with a side of salt. Job openings have hit an all-time high. That sounds good, but many experts are heeding caution. Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector is performing at an unexpectedly robust level, continuing a pattern that has now powered through […]

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Kinisky’s Park

Saint-Gobain appoints new president Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, announced the appointment of Thomas Kinisky as President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corporation (Saint-Gobain’s North American holding company), based in Malvern, Pa., May 1. Kinisky assumed the position earlier this year, succeeding John Crowe. Kinisky’s wide-scale […]

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Motors Take Flight

CR Flight: a new company enters the drone zone UAV stands for unmanned aerial vehicle. There’s no need to familiarize yourself with the term, because these are widely identified by their shorter, easier name: drones. From the military to the backyard, drones have become an American constant over the past decade. A new company, CR […]

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Robotics Team Missing

Six members of Burundi team may have voluntarily fled to Canada A team of six high-school age students was reported missing following a national robotics competition that took place in Washington, D.C., this week. The FIRST Global Challenge 2017, held Sunday through Tuesday of this past week, included six members of the Burundi robotics team […]

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North by Northwest

Onward and upward for an internship program in Washington state Northwest Motor Sales & Services, is raising two birds in one nest: addressing the skills gap and providing options for young adults in difficult situations. The Longview, Wash., motor shop has recently engaged with a program from Goodwill Industries and Workforce Southwest Washington that provides internships […]

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Focused on STEM

Virginia camp for minority STEM learners The drive to make sure women are deservedly represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields extends all the way to early teenagers. In at least one case, it also enfolds another righteous initiative of making sure minority students aren’t overlooked. FOCUS, a girls’ summer camp held June 26-30 […]

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Deferred Maintenance

This is what happens when repair is neglected Awaiting a complete system failure is the nightmare scenario at the Arizona State Museum, where much of the electrical equipment has been in the basement, unchanged since the 1930s. The museum commemorating state history lies on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. In its […]

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