Business & Industry

Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Trade Deficit Shrinks

Plus: Jobless Claims Plummet in Latest Week and Mobile Data to Surge through 2016. U.S. Trade Deficit Shrinks The United States trade deficit in goods and services narrowed for the third consecutive month in September on growing exports and shrinking imports, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce last week. The deficit fell $43.1 billion, the lowest point so far this year. Exports rose...

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Government Investments In Green Technology: A Scorecard

Okay, we've all heard of Solyndra and how that turned out, but how have the Obama Administration's other investments in green technology and jobs fared? A quick rundown. Solar Trust of America. An Oakland-based integrated solar industrial products company. It abandoned a $2.1 billion federal loan guarantee for its 1,000-megawatt Blythe Solar Power Project, slated to be the world's largest solar...

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Light Friday: Employee Envy and Workplace Sabotage

Plus: The New and Improved ASIMO Robot and Some Very Silly Space Walks. Introducing the New and Improved ASIMO Robot Honda this week unveiled a lighter, faster and more autonomous version of ASIMO, the super-advanced humanoid robot. According to an announcement from the automaker, the upgraded ASIMO has taken a step forward from being an operator-controlled "automatic machine" to an "autonomous...

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Are Employees Penalized for Work-Life Balance?

Employees suffer a variety of job repercussions for participating in work-life programs, even when their employers claim to support these programs, a recent study suggests. Although employees today feel pressured to work longer and produce more to protect their jobs, the biggest changes in the workplace over the past decade have come in employers' attitudes toward work, family and flexibility....

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Sustainability Spotlight: University of Central Florida Emerges as Champion of the Battle of the Buildings

Congratulations to the University of Central Florida (UCF), who, from a field of 245 participants, emerged as the winner of EPA's 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. Their winning building was a parking garage where energy efficiency improvements reduced consumption by more than 63 percent and saved almost $35,000 in energy costs. In an above-ground parking...

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Siemens Expands Wind Power Accessibility

Siemens Energy has expanded its wind power business with a new wind power distribution facility in Wichita, Kansas. The new facility is the second in the company's focus on regionalization and providing customers increased efficiency.  The first facility is located in Woodward, Oklahoma. The 73,000 square foot warehouse will be the hub for the area's wind industry providing procurement,...

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The Most Bribery-Prone Countries in the World

While the international community has worked hard to curb business corruption, many countries still face endemic bribery problems, particularly among large emerging economies, a new report shows. When conducting business abroad, many companies in some of the world's largest economies regularly bribe public officials to gain favorable contracts, circumvent regulations, speed up administrative...

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The GOP delays more EPA regulation, and allow cement plants to do what they want to your air

I'm not sure exactly when it happened. Maybe it was when Al Gore, the vice-president of the United States through the 1990s, became such a high-profile champion of the environment. Or maybe it was when business interests, specifically the oil and coal industries who have such powerful lobbies in Washington, began giving more and more money to Republican political candidates, thereby making their...

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The High Costs of Cyber Crime

A string of high-profile corporate security breaches this year illustrates that cyber criminals are growing more sophisticated and aggressive in undermining the global business community's defenses. Any company that relies on networked systems — including industrial facilities — can be a target. Here we look at the costs of cyber crime and the importance of robust protection....

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U.S. Tech Giants Become Alternative Energy's Fairy Godfathers

While the failure of government-backed solar start-up Solyndra generated a lot of news headlines, it has also encouraged some discussion about the role of government in helping get new industries off the ground. It may also have highlighted the fact that venture capital companies and their investors may be starting to fall out of love with alternative energy, an industry that has proven it needs...

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