Industry Market Trends

College Dropout Rate High, But Students Who Quit Still Have an Advantage

June 12, 2013

While the national college dropout rate remains high, new evidence shows that students who leave school before graduation still have significantly higher lifetime earnings than students who end their education after high school. Read More

Industry Market Trends

How Much Noise Is Enough? Automakers, Legislators Wrestle with Artificial Sound in EVs

June 12, 2013

For the last 30 years or so, automakers have worked hard to reduce the amount of noise car engines -- and cars in general -- emit when they're in motion. Engine-powered vehicles are so much quieter than they used to be, and noise pollution has been greatly reduced. And when hybrid and then electric-powered cars came along, noise was almost completely eliminated. Gone was the belching of smoke from the tailpipe and the loud "hum" of a gas-powered engine; now, with electric vehicles (EVs), you can barely hear when a car is near you at all. Great, right? Well, not for everyone. Read More