The Economist

Staples Introduces 3-D Printing Service

Staples Introduces 3-D Printing Service

The Economist reports that office big box store Staples has introduced a new 3-D printing service that dramatically reduces the cost of the technology: . . . .[The]  layers their machine prints are made of a substance that Staples has in abundance: A4 sheets of paper. The process was invented by Conor MacCormack, an Irish […]

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Can Innovation Save Us?  An Optimistic Note for the New Year

Can Innovation Save Us? An Optimistic Note for the New Year

Starting the New Year off on an upbeat note:  We’ve highlighted the warnings economist Robert Gordon has raised about potential limits to US productivity and how that could doom us to stagnation without end.  On the bright side, the Economist’s Free Exchange blog warns us that it would be a mistake to discount the potential […]

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Speaking of International Trade Opportunities:  “Você fala português?”

Speaking of International Trade Opportunities: “Você fala português?”

The Economist highlights opportunities and challenges involved in closer US/Brazil ties: Judging from the number of American investors turning up in São Paulo every week, Mr Obama must hear about the glowing opportunities Brazil presents in just about every time he meets businessfolk. But with the most overvalued currency of any big economy, Brazil’s own […]

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Innovation Enters a New Phase

Innovation Enters a New Phase

The Economist‘s Schumpeter blog sees innovation becoming more and more about doing things cheaply, rather than doing new things or doing existing things better.  The approach is to create new, cheaper products in the developing world and then bring them to the West.  The forces behind this are a little disconcerting: The West is doomed […]

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