NASA and the Private Sector Look to New Horizons in Space

The United States has a long history of innovation in space and pushing the boundaries, from putting the first people on the moon in 1969 to landing the Curiosity Rover on Mars in 2012. At 7:49:58 Tuesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continued that tradition as the spacecraft New Horizons passed by Pluto, making the United States the first nation to send a spacecraft to the dwarf planet. While many are first hearing about New Horizons this week, its journey began long ago. Launched in January of 2006, the spacecraft has been on its way to Pluto for nine years. The payoff now comes with close-up images of Pluto and its five moons. Discovered in 1930 by Clyde W. Tombaugh, Pluto quickly captured the public’s imagination. Pluto made news in 2006 as astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet, officially lowering the number of planets in our solar […]

NASA and the Private Sector Look to New Horizons in Space

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From Morning to Night, American Ingenuity at Work

Though you might not often think about it, many of the products you use every day were created in the U.S. by inventors, innovators, and business people—those who, without the free enterprise system, wouldn’t have the freedom to do what they do. Here are just a few of the things you can thank the free enterprise system for. 1. After hitting snooze on the alarm for the third time, you get up and grab a large cup of coffee. The Keurig that wakes you from your sleepy haze is based out of Middlebury, Vermont. The company prides itself on creating sustainable coffee and getting people to work on time for 30 years. 2. Originally started for hotels, Oreck vacuum cleaners have made their way into thousands of Americans homes. Oreck was founded in 1963 and has expanded across the globe. 3. Last night’s Lo Mein, today’s lunch? Thank the Bloomer […]

From Morning to Night, American Ingenuity at Work

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1776 Challenge Cup is a global startup competition taking place in 16 cities across 11 countries to identify the most promising startups solving the biggest challenges in four categories – education, energy, health and cities.

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Darn, That’s Good

Update: Darn Good Yarn, originally featured on FreeEnterprise.com in 2013, was named the Community Excellence Award Winner at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 America’s Small Business Summit. “It is true of the nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.”—Theodore Roosevelt Knitting and crocheting have dramatically increased in popularity in recent years. In fact, according to the Craft Yarn Council, 38 million consumers knit and crochet today. It’s a market ripe for an entrepreneur like Nicole Snow. Snow started Darn Good Yarn out of her home in the remote town of Sebec in upstate Maine. She hires women in India and Nepal to craft reasonably priced, high-quality yarn using reclaimed materials such as silk. Then she ships the finished product to customers around the world. Using materials that would otherwise be thrown away, Snow’s business helped save 10,000 pounds of waste in […]

Darn, That’s Good

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Secrets of the Seasonal Business

How do the seasonal businesses stay afloat after the masses of seasonal tourists have returned home?

Secrets of the Seasonal Business

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Office Organization Tips From a Professional

We interviewed organizational expert Lisa Zaslow, who talked about her work and her company, and offered office organization tips.

Office Organization Tips From a Professional

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5 Entrepreneurs & Companies IP Laws Protect

To show just how valuable IP laws are, here are five unexpected companies and entrepreneurs who rely on these rules for their economic survival.

5 Entrepreneurs & Companies IP Laws Protect

Creating opportunity

The Economy Screams for Ice Cream (INFOGRAPHIC)

How much do you know about ice cream economics? This infographic charts the history of ice cream, highlighting astounding ice cream-related facts.

The Economy Screams for Ice Cream (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Detroit Post-Bankruptcy: Many Changes, With More to Come

Detroit post bankruptcy is a work in progress, though that doesn't mean much hasn't already been accomplished.

Detroit Post-Bankruptcy: Many Changes, With More to Come

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