Archive for June, 2012
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Plus: Google’s Virtual Brain on the Lookout for Cats and a New Robot Dominates Rock-Paper-Scissors. Read more


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A friend recently sent me an article from Forbes concerning the tariffs that the Obama administration has placed on Chinese-manufactured solar panels. It provides an interesting case study of how tariffs invariably have the opposite effect than intended by their imposers. Read more

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Although more professionals are taking some time off this year than last year, new findings indicate that vacations are still financially out of reach for many Americans. Read more


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Sustainable packaging has emerged as one of today’s hot-button issues in industry. Why is there a huge push for greener and cleaner packaging? What does the term “sustainable packaging” mean? What should producers and purchasers of packaging solutions be doing to reduce their environmental impacts?

And consider this: A new report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) claims that the term “sustainable packaging” is “no longer relevant today” and is “too broad a term to be useful at a practical level.” What’s up with that? Would it be better just to abandon the whole idea, as PwC infers? Read more



Kimberly-Clark, the company behind personal care products such as Kleenex and Huggies, has announced a new initiative to cut the amount of wood fiber it sources from natural forests in half by 2025. To reduce its forest footprint, and reflecting its global sustainability initiatives, the company will shift to alternate fiber sources. Read more

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Plus: Family Versus Career, Lean Lessons from Green Berets, Fat-Finger Syndrome, Career-Killing Beliefs, Bad Business Grammar, Small-Town Innovation and Top Science Photos in 2012. Read more


It seems that you can’t really talk about the environment, and the laws that govern it, without being assumed that the discussion and point of view are driven by politics. And in a presidential election year, just about every single utterance about Congress or the White House is considered political. Read more

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