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2. Berkeley Company Aims to End an Age of Waste in the New York Times/The Bay Citizen: Here's another local story, one about a company in our own backyard that re-sells pretty much anything except guns, car parts and hazardous chemicals. It's a great place to find slabs of marble, old claw-foot bathtubs, industrial parts and anything else that folks choose to drop off. Pretty neat!
3. Black Inventors Video on YouTube: In honor of Black History Month, here's a look at some everyday items you may use that were created by African-American inventors. So next time you use your cell phone or pick up a microphone, realize its place in African-American history. Some food for thought.
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5. Getting a Caffeine Fix as Easy as Taking a Deep Breath on PD&D: Sick of coffee? How about inhaling your caffeine! A new product developed by a Harvard professor compresses caffeinated air into a lipstick-sized tube for people to huff. Don't know about you, but this doesn't sound like the healthiest thing — we'll stick to our morning cup o' joe.
6. U Penn Hosts FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament on www.upenn.edu: We're proud FIRST sponsors in the Bay Area, so we always stay on top of the nonprofit's news. Did you know they have a Lego League, too? It's pretty cool — kids engineer robots composed of the popular building blocks. Here's an article about one of the league's recent competitions on the East Coast.
7. Can American Manufacturing Really be a Cornerstone to Modern Economic Revival? on the Christian Science Monitor: Here's the latest in the national news coverage of U.S. manufacturing and how well it can drive the economic engine or compete in a global economy. Interesting angle here!
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9. BWC a Runner-Up for National/International B2B Manufacturer Twitter of the Year Award: We were thrilled to land a runner-up spot considering the winner was the Twitter-master Kyle Thill of @ToyoaEquipment. By the way, big congrats to you, Kyle! The winners were nominated, voted on and judged based on all-around personality and some other factors. It's a pleasure to come in second to one of our favorite Twittter pals!
10. Wanna Figure Out if Your Product is Any Good? Think Like a News Editor via Fast Company: As former journalists, we can vet this idea. Got a new product in the works? Measure its relevance by asking whether it would be newsworthy. If it's truly innovative, it will be and you'll get a whole lot of marketing play out of it. Interesting point — does it apply to any of your about-to-launch products?
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