How Cutting-Edge Technology & Science Are Powering The Future TPM Idealab

President Obama launched a new federal initiative on Friday designed to stem the United States' precipitous decline in manufacturing.

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative calls for a partnership between the federal government and private industry to develop key areas of emerging technologies that would make the U.S. environment more competitive and friendly to manufacturers.

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You've noticed them printed on posters in subways, on corners of magazine ads, billboards, store signs, in books, sometimes on business cards, and even these days on tombstones.

Those black-and-white, square-shaped barcodes popping up everywhere are known as QR Codes, and now for the first time ever, the Royal Dutch Mint in the Netherlands has incorporated the Japanese technology into a new commemorative edition of its five and 10 Euro denomination coins.

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