Business & Industry

2011 Global Pack Trends

Although many businesses are still ailing from the effects of the global economic downturn and consumers remain somewhat reluctant to spend, the packaging industry has adapted to meet the new market challenges. Cutting-edge innovations in design, such as interactive packaging and smart labels, are on the rise, while perennial concerns such as sustainability continue to play a key role in the...

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NASA's Astrobiology Announcement: No Little Green Men, But Maybe Green Solutions

You may have missed this little gem from NASA recently. In announcing an early December press conference about a new scientific discovery, the agency claimed that "NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth." Wait, what? Astrobiology? The study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life elsewhere in the...

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How Sustainability is Transforming Logistics

The pursuit of sustainability will transform the logistics industry, both in terms of its business model and the range of advanced solutions service providers will use, according to recent research. The logistics industry will be key to comprehensive carbon reduction efforts in most sectors due to its unique expertise and positioning along the supply chain, according to a recent study from...

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Is it Time to Party Yet?

Recessionary cost cutting put a damper on the holiday office party. As the economy gradually recovers, is the time-honored workplace tradition poised for a comeback? The recession took a severe toll on many aspects of the business environment, and workplace perks such as parties and similar types of entertainment have not been immune to cutbacks. Office holiday parties have been in decline for...

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It's a Jungle in There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-Won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring

In his new book It's a Jungle in There, businessman Steven Schussler draws from personal experiences to provide insights about creative approaches to building a successful business. This witty and engaging read is a great holiday gift for the would-be entrepreneur. As a burgeoning businessman in the 1980s, Steven Schussler stopped at nothing to make his dream of a tropical-themed restaurant come...

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Product Spotlight: Award-Winning BASF Catalyst Reduces Diesel Engine Emissions

The Research and Development Council of New Jersey has awarded the 2010 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award to a team of BASF inventors in recognition of their outstanding environmental contributions towards reducing diesel engine emissions. Their invention, the innovative copper chabazite zeolite catalyst enables the removal of more than 90 percent of harmful nitrogen oxides from diesel engine...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Trade Gap Narrows

Plus: Semiconductor Executives Forecast 2011 Sales, Manufacturing Tech Consumption Dips and New Jobless Claims Drop. U.S. Trade Gap Narrows in October The United States trade deficit narrowed to $38.7 billion in October, a 13.2 percent decrease from the revised total of $44.6 billion in September, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday. The improvement was largely due to higher...

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EPA's ToxCast Program Enters Second Phase

In order to determine the safety and/or risks of chemicals on humans and the environment, the EPA's Office of Research and Development has created the National Center for Computational Toxicology (CompTox) to integrate advances in molecular biology, chemistry, and computer science to rank chemicals based on risk. The ToxCast program was launched in 2007 to develop a cost-effective approach for...

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Light Friday: Does Your Pet Determine Your Career?

Plus: The Year in CEO Screw-Ups, a Little Squid's Klingon Device and the Game-Changer in Private Spaceflight. Private Spaceflight Changes the Game With help from NASA, SpaceX this week became the first commercial company in history to re-enter a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, a feat performed by only six nations or government agencies: the United States, Russia, China, Japan, India and the...

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AT&T Inches Closer to Sustainability Goal

In March of 2009, AT&T announced a $565 million planned investment to replace 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative-fuel models through 2018. The have taken another step toward that goal with the deployment of the 2,000th compressed natural gas (CNG) fleet vehicle. "The deployment of our 2,000th compressed natural gas vehicle is an important marker in our long-term strategy to reduce both costs...

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