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Light Friday: Pirates vs. Lasers

Plus: Rebuilding the First Computer, the Mind-Reading Exoskeleton and a Robotic Plow. Rebuilding the First Modern Computer Computer technology advanced at an unprecedented pace in the 20th century, but historians and electronics professionals are acknowledging the industry's roots by honoring the grandfather of all computers. British researchers from the Computer Conservation Society (CCS) are...

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Machine Tool Consumption up Year-Over-Year

Although manufacturers across all regions of the U.S. decreased their orders of machine tools and related equipment in November, the total value of manufacturing tech consumption was up 81.1 percent over the same month in 2009. The total value of United States manufacturers' machine tool and related equipment consumption dropped to $318.18 million in November, down 17.7 percent from October,...

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California Enacts New Green Building Codes for 2011

With the turning of the calendar page, California has taken on the task of regulating building methods and materials in the name of sustainability. As of January 1, 2011, the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code has been updated with mandates for new residential and nonresidential buildings that include retail, office, public schools and hospitals. Known as the CALGreen Code, it requires...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Greenpeace Showcases the Greenest Consumer Electronics

A new Greenpeace product survey released at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas shows that while the electronics industry is making demonstrable progress in producing greener products, it hasn't finished finding all the green solutions just yet. The survey indicates that manufacturers have made significant reductions in the use of hazardous chemicals and more products than ever before are...

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UL Environment Launches "Environmental Product Declaration" Program

Underwriter Laboratories Inc.'s UL Environment, known as a source for independent green claims validation, product certification, training, advisory services and standards development, is planning to launch an environmental product declaration program (EPD) this January.  An EPD provides standardized documentation of an audited lifecycle assessment of a product's environmental performance. ...

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Gale Force Progress for Wind Power

Wind power is making headlines again and its once lukewarm reception is now transforming into a more viable alternative energy solution. While transmission and distribution challenges still exist, both corporate investments and government-backed R & D efforts are reaching gale force status. A major news update from The Boston Herald provides the lowdown on what may very well turn into the...

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Is Energy Savings a Company Priority in 2011?

GreenBiz.com is in the midst of conducting a survey of 2011 purchase intentions of large companies for carbon and energy management software and services. The survey results are not complete yet but a surprising trend is occurring: CFOs tend to prioritize energy management very low. This finding is consistent with what GreenBiz consultants have encountered in the field. Paul Baier's Blog explains...

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How to Deal with Uncertainty in the Supply Chain

Although the U.S. manufacturing sector has been steadily recovering from the economic downturn, supply chain leaders still struggle to cope with the uncertain global economy in 2011. Supply chain leaders are more uncertain now than they were a year or two ago — and overwhelmingly so — according to a recent Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium survey of logistics executives from a variety of...

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Fancy a Tall Glass of Ice-cold Hexavalent Chromium?

If you recall the film Erin Brokovich, you probably remember two things: the main character's chronically low-cut blouses, and hexavalent chromium, a carcinogenic chemical compound commonly used in the welding of steel that has been found to contaminate drinking water in towns and cities where it has been used for industrial purposes. In the film, as in real life, the legal clerk Brokovich became...

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When the Bulb Breaks... EPA Improves Guidelines for CFL Cleanup

The U.S. EPA has updated its guidance on how to properly clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). CFLs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing, and if a bulb breaks some of the mercury is released as vapor and may pose health risks. These guidelines, detailed in a new consumer brochure, provide simple directions to help prevent and reduce exposure to mercury....

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