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Budget Cuts Threaten Cutting-Edge Technology

It should be obvious that government must play a critical role in developing new technologies. Government can promote ideas based solely on potential merit or benefit, while private investors must focus on profitability. By supporting pure research and nurturing innovative approaches to solving national needs, the government also provides an invaluable resource to commercial ventures, sometimes in the most ...

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The Secret to Solar Power

Harnessing the power of the sun has been a dream for generations. But fossil fuels still have a virtual monopoly on energy production and vehicular power, and enhanced access to domestic natural gas has made it extremely economical and more popular than ever for generating electricity. The failure of Solyndra cast a shadow over the commercialization of solar power in America, but the Chinese continue to see ...

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Funding the ‘Final Frontier’

The day after Curiosity touched down on Mars, an incredible once-in-a-lifetime technological achievement for NASA, a giant step for scientific research, and a dramatic affirmation of America's legacy of pioneering spirit, CNBC came up with this beauty: "Perhaps one of the most significant parts of last might's landing is the renewed debate over space and as taxpayer exploration funding -- a necessity or sim ...

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A Campus Built by Labor Is Going on the Block

Organized labor's accredited institution of higher learning is for sale. What? You didn't know organized labor supports an institution of higher learning? That likely puts you in 99% of the American public who doesn't know. And that could be one of the major reasons why organized labor is in the pathetic shape it's in. August 1, 2012 The National Labor College, founded by the A.F.L.-C.I.O., is selling its 4 ...

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With Warming, Peril Underlies Road to Alaska

The Alaska Highway, built in haste during World War II, is facing big challenges, including the effects of climate change on the underlying permafrost. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/science/with-warming-peril-underlies-road-to-alaska.html?smid=pl-share In Road-Building, Black Soldiers Defied Prejudice About a third of the men who built the Alaska Canada Military Highway were black soldiers, m ...

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Unions’ Past May Hold Key to Their Future

July 18, 2012 A hundred years ago, craft guilds, facing a new world of corporations, rebuilt their power as industry-based unions. Their clout and numbers again in decline, another reinvention may be called for. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/business/economy/unions-past-may-hold-key-to-their-future.html?smid=pl-share ...

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Your tax dollars, lost in space: Major science funding takes hit under Obama

June 7, 2012 NASA is shuttering the Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explore (GEMS) project, which was going to use X-rays to study black holes and space-time theory, the space agency announced Thursday -- but not before costing taxpayers at least $43.5 million. ...It joins a growing list of major science projects, from the space shuttle and new rockets to labs built back on or deep beneath the ground, t ...

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Jobs coming home

Industry returns from China July 17, 2012 Arthur Herman News of our Olympic team’s uniforms being made in China has prompted Sen. Chuck Schumer and others to fulminate anew about exporting jobs. But the future’s going to look very different: It’s China that’s going to be worrying about losing jobs to us in the next few years. US manufacturing is coming back home, from China and elsewhere. The trend started ...

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Senate to Consider Tax Credit for Bringing Jobs to U.S.

As President Barack Obama escalates his contention that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports policies that send jobs overseas, Senate Democrats plan to advance a measure creating an incentive to bring jobs to the U.S. Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-17/senate-to-consider-tax-credit-for-bringing-jobs-to-u-dot-s-dot ...

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Yes, Wall Street Can Reach Out

Finally, a feel-good story about the financial world: Wall Street does right by vets. A tiny firm is helping disabled veterans prepare for and find jobs in the financial world. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/business/drexel-hamilton-a-wall-st-firm-hiring-disabled-veterans.html?smid=pl-share ...

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