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2010's Most Popular Car Colors

Color remains an important component in how automakers can differentiate their vehicles in the marketplace. What color cars are consumers buying? In 2010, as in every year for the past decade, the most popular vehicle color in the world is silver. Silver continues to be the favorite vehicle color, according to new data from PPG Industries, a manufacturer of transportation coatings. Worldwide,...

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Sustainability Spotlight: DOE Announces Winners of Lighting for Tomorrow 2010 Competition

 In an effort to increase consumer acceptance of energy-efficient lighting,  DOE, the American Lighting Association, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory sponsor an annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition that recognizes  the best-designed energy-efficient lighting products available to the residential market.      This year,...

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Product Spotlight: Made in America LED Lighting

Schreder Lighting US is launching their new energy efficient LED luminaires that are produced in their newly opened facility in Addison, IL. The Alura LED is the companies next generation of lighting that looks to deliver "The Right Light" by offering high-performance, technological solutions that make this light source a valid alternative to traditional sources. The LED-equipped Alura features:...

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SunChips® Packaging -- A Quieter Planet Wins Out Over a Healthier Planet

While consumers say they want companies to be more environmentally conscious with their packaging, they are apparently not willing to sacrifice peace and quiet for it. After a consumer backlash as noisy as the compostable SunChips bag itself, Frito-Lay is transitioning all but the original flavor chips back to the non-compostable version. The loud crinkly noise of the bag is due to an unusual...

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FTC Moves to Curb Greenwashing

Under a new set of revisions to the FTC's "Green Guides," companies will have to take greater responsibility for their environmental claims, but will these stricter guidelines put an end to misleading green marketing? An increasing number of companies claim that their products provide environmental benefits, but many of these assertions may be exaggerated or false — a practice known as...

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Manufacturers Turn Up the Volume On Sustainable Packaging

Let's face it: adopting environmentally friendly manufacturing practices is good for the planet, economy and end consumers. While it's not terribly surprising that a rising number of manufacturers are becoming hip to the ways of sustainable packaging, recent announcements from the likes of Clorox, Proctor & Gamble and Frito-Lay prove that it's more important than ever before to reduce emissions...

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Courting Consciousness: The Future of Thinking Machines

Developing a machine that can think and learn with the same sophistication as the human brain has long been a staple of science fiction. Is creating real artificial intelligence truly possible? Creating an artificial mind that can understand complex ideas and learn from its experiences with the same facility as a human brain would have enormous economic, social and ethical implications. Although...

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Robots Take Over in 2010

After suffering severe declines through 2009, this year the robotics industry is making a rapid recovery from the downturn, with rising demand and technological advancements spurring new growth. Like other market segments, the robotics industry struggled through the recession, suffering sales losses and a broad slowdown in business activity. This year, the industry is slowly and steadily...

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The Next Challenge for Wind Power: Maxed Out High-Voltage Transmission Capacity

When it comes to wind power, the good news is that worldwide capacity of wind-powered generators has doubled in the past three years; it now accounts for about two percent of electricity worldwide, with higher and lower penetrations by country. Countries with the highest percentage of electricity generated by wind include Denmark at 20 percent, Ireland and Portugal at 14 percent and Spain at 11...

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Will the Rare-Elements Shortage Cripple Industry?

The U.S. supply of rare-earth elements, necessary for the production of many manufactured goods, is dwindling. How will American firms overcome their reliance on China to compensate for the shortage? The planet has a limited supply of certain important elements, particularly the 17 "rare earth" elements. Several of these rare elements are crucial for advanced manufacturing, including the...

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