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Fred Hill Materials closes after 66 years
Up until last week, Fred Hill Materials was seeking new equity partners or another company willing to take over the operations in a complicated arrangement that would return value to creditors, according to court documents.
Government Regulations Are Killing Middle Class Opportunity
Steve Zelnak is a member of the Job Creators Alliance, a nonprofit committed to the defense of the free enterprise system. He is also the chairman of the Board of Directors and former CEO of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., and chairman and majority ...
First hint of Majorana fermions spotted in nanowires
Physicists in the Netherlands say that they have found the first evidence for the existence of "Majorana fermions" - particles that are their own antiparticles.
Silicon Graphics International CFO James Wheat quits
Before that he was CFO of Asyst Technologies Inc. for 15 months. In the past he worked at Solectron Corp. and Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) His salary at SGI will be $350,000, and he'll be eligible for a “quarterly target bonus” of $56,875.
Finding bright spots
Last fall, Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closed its Midland plant, where 40 employees manufactured silicon-carbide-coated filaments used in wafers for solar panels.
The GOP's nuke-dump donor
In the fall of 2004, Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists applied for a license to build a low-level nuclear waste dump in Andrews County, Texas, a dusty oil patch along the New Mexico border.
New material filters and polarizes terahertz radiation
This is extraordinary because conventional materials normally need to be thousands of atoms thick to be as effective. This high absorption is a result of graphene's unusual electronic properties, which result in its electrons moving extremely fast and ...
Hey, Silicon Valley: Wake Up and Smell the Robots
... $3,000 that I used to sell at Adept Technology for $25,000; that is just Moore's Law, applied,” says Charlie Duncheon, a veteran of the local robotics scene who now heads Grabit, a maker of novel gripping tools for industrial and materials-handling ...
Shift Happens
For example, if your paradigm tells you that fire consists of the release of phlogiston embedded in flammable materials, then the fact that some metals gain weight when burned is an anomaly.
When Seeking Long-Term Profit, Consider Long-Term Environmental Risks
But a lifecycle analysis that includes the long-term costs of all the materials and labor required contributes to a deeper understanding of the best course for both human impact and profit.