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At Apple’s request, Foxconn’s unions strengthened – Salon.com

February 5, 2013
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At Apple’s request, Foxconn’s unions strengthened – Salon.com

Strengthened?  Well, kinda sorta.  Union strengthening in China is off to a slow start.  The mighty Foxconn has bowed to union pressures to reduce mandatory overtime from the normal 15-20 hours per week (sometimes exceeding 40 hours per week during busy seasons) to the national standard of only 9 hours per week.  And this...

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Job Posting – Asteroid Mining Internship

October 2, 2012
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Space Economy - A Modern-Day Goldrush

Attention, Engineering Students:  If you’re looking for an internship with an up-and-coming space mining operation, check out this posting for a position with Planetary Resources, Inc. (PRI).  For real.  No, seriously.  I’m not joking.

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A Robot With a Reassuring Touch

September 25, 2012
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A Robot With a Reassuring Touch

Dear Factory Worker, Are you afraid of the robot that threatens to replace you or a co-worker?  Are you worried that that big, hulking, fast-moving machine will inadvertently whack you in the face if you happen to be standing too close, in the wrong...

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NYT: New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry

August 19, 2012
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On the one hand, I think it’s great that robots can be used to replace humans for dangerous, repetitive work.  On the other hand, at what cost to the...

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One Step Closer To Mining Asteroids

June 28, 2012
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Space Mining Operation Refueling Station - Prototype

The mining industry is not apt to ignore the potential riches to be mined from various terrestrial resources.  Now, a story from Space.com and MSNBC.com reveals recent activity to...

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Chinese Labor Conditions Still Poor Despite TAL Retraction

March 21, 2012
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This American Life Retraction of Episode 454

This American Life (TAL) is an awesome program that Ira Glass and company have been producing for years.  This week, for the first time, they ran a retraction of...

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NYT: With ‘Coolest Job Ever’ Ending, Astronauts Seek Next Frontier

April 24, 2011
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NYT 2011-04-24 Astronauts Looking for Work

New York Times:  ”Over the next few years, American astronauts will be competing for a handful of slots on the International Space Station, flying there on Russian Soyuz capsules.”

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Careers | Virgin Galactic is Hiring Astronauts

April 15, 2011
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Virgin Galactic Is Hiring, April 2011

Today, April 15, is normally called “Tax Day” in the United States; it’s the day when thousands of people across the nation stand in long, long lines outside their...

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The Uncanny Valley Just Got Uncannier

March 9, 2011
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The Uncanny Valley

The so-called “uncanny valley” is a phenomenon associated with the development of life-like robotics and androids.  The idea is that a poor approximation of a human or animal, something...

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