Students Invent Devices to Battle Snow, Ice, Cold
Jan24

Students Invent Devices to Battle Snow, Ice, Cold

Boston — Winter is bearing down anew, and Harvard University students have been engineering new ways to deal with it. Eighteen juniors representing several engineering disciplines in professor David Mooney’s problem-solving and design class spent the fall semester inventing a robotic remote-control rooftop snowblower, a superheated icicle cutter and a freeze-resistant doormat. The projects grew out of meetings with the university’s...

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Universities Tap Into Craft Beer Growth by Offering Classes
Jan03

Universities Tap Into Craft Beer Growth by Offering Classes

Montpelier — With an explosion in growth in the craft beer industry over the last decade, it’s not enough to simply have a passion for brewing and beer when it comes to starting a brewery or working for one as the industry gets more competitive. Recognizing that, some universities are now offering online programs on the business of craft beer. In the last decade, the number of craft breweries has grown to more than 4,000 in the U.S....

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Google Raids Canada’s Tech Talent

With a tech industry one-third the size of California’s, Canada has confounded expectations by becoming a leader in the booming market for artificial intelligence. Pioneering technologies developed in Canadian labs can be found in Facebook’s facial recognition algorithms, Google’s Photos app, smartphone voice recognition and even Japanese robots. Now Canada risks losing its AI edge to Silicon Valley. Several leading Canadian...

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Consumer Confidential: UnitedHealth’s ‘Tantrum’ Over Low Profits

UnitedHealth Group, the country’s largest private health insurer, has discovered that sick people tend to go to the doctor. And that means bills to pay. And that’s bad for the company’s bottom line. So UnitedHealth said recently that, because of the “continuing deterioration” of its profits from Obamacare, it may quit offering coverage through the system by 2017. In its next breath, UnitedHealth stressed that it “remains a strong...

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People in Business: September 2015
Aug25

People in Business: September 2015

Robert Therrien, of Quechee, owner of The Carriage Shed in White River Junction, recently was presented with the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award for the support Therrien had given to Ben Miller, of Lebanon, now a former employee, who serves as a specialist with the 131st Engineer Company of the Vermont Army National Guard. David Wheel, representing Vermont Employer Support of the...

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