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Best of Recommended Reading 2010

The following 10 books were the most popular Recommended Reading choices in 2010. From business know-how to historical analysis, these books will keep you entertained and informed in 2011. Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game Poorly Made in China is a dramatic and often witty travelogue of one man's journey through China's export manufacturing...

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2011 Hiring Outlook

Although 2010 was a year of economic recovery, employment conditions continue to lag and millions of Americans still struggle to find work. Will hiring prospects in the new year provide a light at the end of the tunnel? Following a difficult two-year period of mounting job losses, unemployment conditions in the United States bottomed out in 2010. But while the general economy has been recovering...

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The Chevy Volt Protects the Environment in More Ways than One

The extended-range electric Volt will indirectly protect the environment and help with the Gulf oil-spill cleanup. General Motors has announced that they will be reusing the plastic booms that were protecting the coastline from the oil spill, turning them into parts for the new Chevy Volt. The company will collect the booms that are off the coasts of Alabama and Louisiana and expects to net about...

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In Information Technology, The Cloud is Green

There aren't a lot of bright spots in the economy right now, unless you're selling smartphones, tablet computers and apps for both devices. There are still fewer bright spots in the business-to-business economy. One of those spots is cloud computing, that nebulous (no pun intended) IT service delivery model that involves putting computing processes entirely onto the Internet (or "in the cloud")...

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Manufacturing Growth Accelerates into 2011

After slowing in November, U.S. manufacturing expanded at a faster rate through the final month of 2010, rising to a seven-month high and boosting the economic outlook for the start of the new year. Although the pace of growth for the United States manufacturing sector slowed in November, it began accelerating again in December, boosting the outlook for the manufacturing recovery at the start of...

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Company Spotlight: On-Ramp Wireless Drives the Smart Grid

On-Ramp Wireless, Inc., (San Diego, CA) is the developer of Ultra-Link Processing™ (ULP) technology, which is the first wireless system purpose-built to meet the challenges of sensor, metering, and asset data tracking in metro-scale and other difficult radio environments. The technology addresses issues such as signal range, robustness, and interference, all of which can limit wide-scale...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: CEOs Expect Higher Sales in First Half of 2011

Plus: Factory Production Increases, Durable Goods Orders Fall, WTO Supports China Tire Tariff, Sweeping Food-Safety Bill Clears Hurdles and Visa Barriers Hurt Sales at U.S. Trade Shows. CEOs Forecast Higher Sales in First Half of 2011 Chief executives of leading United States companies expect to increase sales, capital expenditures and employment over the next six months, according to the results...

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Innovative Financing Spurs Pay-for-Performance Energy Efficiency Retrofit

Utilizing a progressive financing solution offered by Metrus Energy, defense industry giant BAE Systems' Greenlawn, N.Y. facility will implement approximately $2 million in efficiency measures with repayment based solely on actual realized energy savings. The project, expected save $300,000 in annual energy and operating costs, includes heating and cooling system upgrades, high-efficiency pumps,...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Autodesk Helps Echotect Bring Sustainable Building Materials to Market

Echotect, a Dutch clean tech company, has successfully deployed software from Autodesk, Inc. to design and optimize technology to produce a cost-effective, recyclable, and environmentally sustainable alternative to engineered stone. Combining quartz, marble, and other aggregates with recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), the technology has resulted in a product that is almost...

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Air Monitoring Network is Expanded by the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking another step toward protecting children from harmful exposure to lead. Lead can impair a child's IQ, learning capabilities, and memory even at low levels. To ensure that children are not exposed to lead through the air, the EPA is strengthening lead monitoring requirements to ensure that air quality is measured near industrial facilities that emit a...

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