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Helping Manufacturers View Their World Through Green Colored Glasses

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) are making it easier for manufacturing professionals to become green workers - one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. workforce. When you think "green job", what probably comes to mind is the first part of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' official definition: "Jobs in businesses that produce goods...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Finalizes South Korean Free Trade Deal

Plus: U.S. Consumer Confidence Hits 5-month High, GM IPO Nets $13.5 Billion for U.S. Treasury and Unemployment Rises. U.S. and South Korea Settle on Trade Deal After years of deliberation, United States and South Korean officials last week settled on a finalized version of a free trade agreement that would eliminate most export tariffs between the two nations and strengthen economic ties between...

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The Philadelphia Eagles Deck the Halls with Green Power

No, not with their team colors or their explosive offense, but with their use of green energy to power the stadium.  As the first major sports stadium to convert to 100% on-site renewable energy, the Eagles continue to make news on and off the field. In an announcement last week, the team has partnered with Solar Blue, a company specializing in renewable energy solutions, to use a combination...

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Light Friday: The Bad-Gift Detector

Plus: Arsenic-Based Lifeforms, Cancer Screening via Fingers, a Human Jukebox and MORE. NASA Discovers Alien Life... in California In a press conference yesterday, NASA scientists announced the discovery of a completely new form of life that is alien to anything else currently living on Earth. The discovery could dramatically change the way we understand biological conditions and alter our...

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Good News on the Emissions Front

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the report "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2010, " which provides data on the fuel economy, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and technology trends of new light-duty vehicles (cars, minivans, sport utility vehicles, and pickup trucks) for model years 1975 through 2010 in...

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Manufacturing Growth Cools to a Moderate Rate

Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector grew for the 16th consecutive month in November, though at a slightly slower pace than the previous month, according to a new survey of purchasing managers. Manufacturing has been one of the strongest sectors of the United States economy since the recession officially ended, and last month the trend continued, according to the Institute for...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Employees Thinking Green Saves Xerox $10.2M

Xerox's Earth Awards program honors employee teams that come up with new ideas that both help protect the environment and improve the performance of the company's operations. This year more than 30 nominations came from Xerox facilities around the world - including Ireland, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Judges considered innovation, direct benefits to Xerox, duration...

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NEMA Brochure Explains Transition to Energy-Efficient Lighting

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a brochure, Lighting Options for Your Home, which details the upcoming phase out of incandescent bulbs and transition to energy-efficient lighting. The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act mandates reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and calls for a 3-year phase out of traditional 100-watt, 75-watt,...

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Sweating for the Grid: Harnessing Human Power

With municipalities and green-minded companies looking to create energy out of everything from sewage to agricultural waste, it's no wonder that people might start thinking about harnessing the original source of workable energy: humans. While no one is planning on commanding an army of workers to rebuild the great pyramids, some are wondering if it isn't worth a look, at least at the...

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Senate Passes Major Food Safety Bill

The Senate has passed sweeping legislation to enhance and extend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority over food safety standards. How will the new measures affect food producers and consumers? Following a series of contaminated food outbreaks in the United States, which included tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach products over the last few years, the Senate on Tuesday passed a...

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