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The Damage Done Down the Road -- Can Green Energy Reduce Environmental Damage in Transportation?

For the last few months, I've been writing a series of articles about the "Damage Done" environmentally by the production and consumption of energy. The first 10 articles in the series focused on electricity generation and examined the environmental effects of electrical generation sources, both conventional (coal, gas, nuclear) and renewable (hydro, wind, solar, etc.). (Photo: Riverside, Cal....

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturers Call to Renew Export-Import Bank

Plus: China Poised to Overtake U.S. as Top Trading Nation, States Boost Export Rates, Gauging the Stimulus's Effects and MORE. Manufacturers Call to Renew Export-Import Bank Business groups last week pressed with increasing urgency for the United States Congress to raise the lending cap on the self-funding Export-Import Bank, which guarantees loans from U.S. banks to foreign companies to buy...

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Is Pink Slime the New Algae?

Move over, algae! There's a new slime in town that's being mass produced as a cleaner burning fuel -- the same pink, slimy filler that McDonald's puts in its hamburgers. Before we get to the gooey stuff, let's hit up a quick refresher on the progress of algae. This news item from Wired.com's Danger Room underscores positive momentum for the green stuff, in the form of the U.S. military ordering...

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Towards a More Energy-Efficient Data Center

We recently saw the European Commission recognize 27 IBM Data Centers for energy efficiency. The commission, the executive body of the European Union, was going by the EU's Code of Conduct for Data Centers, and we're not 100 percent sure what requirements that entails, but we do know it's A Good Thing. In fact, as IBM officials said in a press statement, the honor represents "the largest...

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Light Friday: Pharmacy in a Microchip

Plus: Gecko-Based Super Glue and Sitting at the Periodic Table Table. Gecko-Inspired Super Adhesives Mounting a television on your wall may soon be as simple as applying a strip of tape. In the latest advance in biomimicry, scientists have harnessed the power of the gecko, a 5-ounce lizard whose remarkable feet produce an adhesive force equivalent to carrying 9 lbs. up a vertical surface without...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Ecology Center Names Honda Civic Least Toxic Car

The Honda Civic may not have that "new car smell" that you were looking for, but that's a good thing. The Ecology Center's fourth consumer guide to toxic chemicals in cars placed the Honda Civic at the top of this year's list. Overall, Honda has been the top ranked automaker every year since 2007. For the study, researchers tested more than 200 popular 2011/2012-model year vehicles for...

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Most Wanted: Lean or Six Sigma Skills?

Demand for continuous-improvement talent continues to grow, fueled by a recovering economy. But which skill set is in higher demand: Six Sigma or lean? The recovering economy is driving demand for continuous-improvement talent, new findings from the Avery Point Group indicate. Based on a survey of nearly 7,100 recent online job postings, the executive recruiting firm's eighth annual Lean & Six...

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Businesses Increasingly Struggle With Environmental "Megaforces"

A new report from  professional-services firm KPMG says that businesses are operating in an increasingly complex and interconnected environment. The report, titled Expect the Unexpected: Building Business Value in a Changing World, identifies 10 "megaforces" at work in the world, forces that all center on crucial environmental and energy problems of our time. These megaforces present both...

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Clothes that Cleanse the Air

Will eco-fashion become a mainstream green solution? Though fashion trends come and go, a new type of air-cleansing approach to clothing could leave more of a lasting impression on the environment. It's not on the consumer market yet, but the UK eco-apparel venture Catalytic Clothing merges science with style to purify surrounding air with a deeply technical process. It began when Tony Ryan, a...

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Worth a Look: 5 Leadership Mistakes from Star Wars

Plus: Electing More Scientists to Office, Reusing Nuclear Power Plants, the Universe in Scale, Skills Every Guy Should Know and the MythBusters Fix for Education. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT continues its weekly Wednesday feature that spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have...

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