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Technology

Not-for-profit looks for way to continue its operations: Broad support must replace CILC's sole funding source

It was supposed to be short-lived, an agency created solely to help Indiana schools tap emerging videoconferencing technology for distance learning. But a funny thing happened on the way to the virtual field trip. "We found it really wasn't about the technology. It was about what you do with the technology," said Ruth Blankenbaker, executive director of the Indianapolis-based Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. "If you don't have a reason to use it, what's the point?" Teachers had to...
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Anderson incubator represents 'beginning': Officials hope new center will help revive economy

Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems LTD is the type of high-tech company Anderson officials are coveting for their new small-business incubator, the Flagship Enterprise Center. Founded in 2002 by Pete Bitar, XADS has a contract with the U.S. Marine Corps to develop a long-range, wireless stun gun, known as the StunStrike system. The patent-pending technology delivers a non-lethal electrical current to disable a human target. The prototypes include a rifle that can fire up to 15 feet and a vehiclemounted unit...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: With growth at both ends, job spectrum requires skill

When you study economic statistics for a living, it's easy to lose perspective on a lot of things. Take the labor market, for instance. In any given month, millions of American workers are hired and fired, promoted, demoted and transferred. Some drop out of the labor force to raise children or to go to school, while others retire altogether or begin new careers. When the smoke clears after all those changes, the statisticians in Indiana and in Washington tally it...
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Tech fund set for overhaul: State shifts focus to commercial results; founders fear changes to peer-review process

Indiana's showcase program for new technology development is about to be redesigned. Version 2.0 of the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund will direct more money to entrepreneurs. It will concentrate on projects whose commercial prospects are clear. And as it distributes $75 million of taxpayers' money over the next two years, it will expect a return on its investments. "The goal is, if a company does well, to get a return for the state," said Michael S. Maurer, president...
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Laptop batteries: Here's how to maximize stamina RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY Tim Altom: Laptop batteries: Here's how to maximize stamina

RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY Laptop batteries: Here's how to maximize stamina The laptop computer has made battery groupies of us all. For something so humble and unobtrusive, the laptop battery commands outsized attention. We calculate whether we need to bring AC power adapters to meetings, based on how long a battery will last. We figure how much work we can get done on planes, based on how long the battery will last. Then, when we can't charge them up anymore, the...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Expect more rate hikes by the Federal Reserve

If the Federal Reserve's steady diet of interest rate increases is giving you or your business indigestion, I've got a suggestion for you-get used to it. The inflation winds in the U.S. economy are whipping up like they haven't in almost a decade, and it's up to our central bank to do something about it. We learned a few years ago that rapid advances in technology and globalization didn't make the national economy recession-proof, as some foolishly boasted. It looks...
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Finances another obstacle for Rose: University's money problems predate controversial leader

In Terre Haute, his management style has come across like a bull in a china shop. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's faculty and students voted "no confidence" in his abilities. The university's staff will soon take a vote of its own, and an upcoming trustee meeting will likely address the matter. But as the tide of opinion turned against Rose-Hulman President Jack Midgley, detractors stopped asking a fundamentally important question: Could Midgley be right about the need for change? Last September,...
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HIGHER (cost of) EDUCATION: Students' college burden continues to rise in Indiana

With state funding flat and operating expenses rising, Indiana's public universities are turning to a familiar source to make up the difference-students. Tuition and mandatory fees at state institutions are set to climb an average of 5 percent next school year and higher in 2006-2007, if proposed rates stand. That's a far cry from the double-digit increases most universities imposed just a few years ago, but observers say it's worrisome nonetheless. "Tuition has been rising at twice the rate of...
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Mansion tenant's HQ networks with history: Levey building's interior design mixes new with the old

At the Louis Levey Mansion on North Meridian Street, the blending of past, present and future greets visitors as they walk through the heavy arched doors of Networks Financial Institute's headquarters. In the entry hallway, a receptionist with all the latest technology on her desk sits under a Victorian-era stained-glass skylight. Around her, contemporary art hangs next to elaborately carved wood molding on the walls. Futuristic glass-and-chrome lighting fixtures hang from the ceilings, one of which has an original painted...
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State remains vigilant on military base closures: Protecting jobs could still be tricky; Base Realignment and Closure process to conclude by year's end

Historically, the vast majority of the military's initial Base Realignment and Closure recommendations are included in the final cut. Even so, Indiana can't afford to let down its defenses yet. "We're still very much on this case, and are going to stay that way through the end of this process," said John Clark, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' senior adviser for economic growth. "We're going to remain vigilant. These were recommendations, not conclusions." For years, Indiana's political leaders and economic developers...
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