Archive:May, 2011

May 31st, 2011

Career: Job Outlook and Interview Tips

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The job picture is looking a lot brighter for 2011—the best in three years. According to the latest survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers plan to hire 19.3% more grads than in 2010.

There’s also good news regarding […]

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May 27th, 2011

Dilbert—A New Twist on an Old Problem [Funny Bone]

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Dilbert is faced with a new version of an all too familiar social dilemma.

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May 26th, 2011

Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Gives 20 Whiz Kids $100K Each—to Quit College

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Peter Thiel thinks big. He co-founded PayPal, and later became Facebook’s first outside investor and behind-the-scenes mentor. Now he’s focused on dealing with what he sees as a lack of innovation in the U.S.

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May 25th, 2011

How Much Do You Depend on Your Company’s Retirement Plan?

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Salaries and Benefits for Chemical Engineers 2011

The financial crisis has altered people’s thinking about retirement. This report shows a shift in the responsibility of managing retirement plans from employer to employee. Pensions are already starting to be known as a thing of the past in many industries.

AIChE’s biennial salary survey will be out in the June […]

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May 25th, 2011

An Animated Story of the Birth of a Prescription Drug

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Ever wonder how a prescription drug comes into being? This great video, which was created for  exhibit at Paris’s main science museum “Cité des sciences et de l’industrie,” explains the process. The video is in French but with English subtitles and it features some great animation, somewhat reminiscent of the […]

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May 24th, 2011

Nuclear Q&A: Answers on Nuclear Energy’s Future and Plant Design and Safety

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Nuclear Q&A

In the continuing series, we bring you more answers to questions about Fukushima and nuclear energy, from AIChE’s Nuclear Engineering Division (NED).

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May 24th, 2011

New Nanotechnology Helps Heal Heart Tissue

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Researchers at Brown University have used carbon nanotubes to create a patch that can regenerate heart tissue in the lab, according to a report in Technology Review. The patch is formed of chains of carbon atoms that fold onto themselves to create a tube that is capable of conducting electricity and mimics the surface of natural tissue.

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May 23rd, 2011

Will Graphene’s Promises Pan Out?

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Researchers, high-tech firms, and manufacturers around the world have big hopes for the extraordinary material known as graphene. Just last year, the material earned […]

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May 20th, 2011

Nuclear Q&A: Answers on Nuclear Waste, Cleanup, and Radiologic Exposure

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Nuclear Q&A

In the continuing series, we bring you more answers to your questions about Fukushima and nuclear energy, from AIChE’s Nuclear Engineering Division (NED).

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May 19th, 2011

Nanotechnology Cuts Cast Concrete Production Time and CO2 Emissions

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Researchers at BASF have turned to nanotechnology to devise a new technique that allows for faster production of precast concrete building components. The faster fabrication, which results from greatly reduced hardening times, also means lower carbon emissions, since no heat is needed to accelerate the hardening process. By avoiding the […]

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