Industry Market Trends

U.S. Military Saving Lives with Solar and Other Renewable Energy Sources

July 24, 2013

Between 2003 and 2007 more than 3,000 U.S. soldiers and contractors were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq in one specific way: Their vehicles needed fuel, and they needed to make a trip to a fuel site to get more. A "fuel run," as its called, is a simple-sounding duty. With so many of the other dangers in the theater of war, it may not sound like a high-risk endeavor. But it is, and it became a problem the military was determined to solve. All armed forces have been pushing hard to implement renewable energy for the past several years. Recently the push toward solar power usage in the field has increased, and the many research and development labs devoted to solving problems that soldiers face in the energy field have come up with several innovative new solutions. Read More

Industry Market Trends

What the Loan Deal Will Mean for Students Now -- and in the Future

July 24, 2013

Congress is set to approve a student loan deal that will cut interest rates for 11 million student borrowers this year, saving each undergraduate an estimated $1,500 over the borrowing period. Critics of the bipartisan compromise, however, contend that the deal, which would link interest rates to the market, will keep rates too high and subject future borrowers to greater costs. Here is a closer look at what students can expect. Read More