Business & Industry

Tiptoeing Around the Politics of Rare Earth Elements

Scandium. Yttrium. Lanthanum. Cerium. Praseodymium. Neodymium. Promethium. Samarium. Europium. Gadolinium. Terbium. Dysprosium. Holmium. Erbium. Thulium. Ytterbium. Lutetium. Though they may sound like Mecha-Monsters in a vintage Japanese creature-that-wrecks-Toyko movie, they are actually elements. Rare-earth elements, to be precise, and if any elements (other than the traditional gold, silver...

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2010 Reader Favorites: Disruptive Thinking, Inventors Hall of Fame and Sherlock Holmes Logic

Every year, some Industry Market Trends coverage rises to the top. Here are your five favorite IMT articles of this year, including the most-read Expert's Corner, plus three posts from 2010 we think are worth checking out. In case you missed them in our biweekly e-newsletters, below are IMT's five most-read articles in 2010, plus a few we think are particularly worth checking out. Here's your...

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Cereal Gets More Sustainable

In continuing the goal of corporate sustainability, General Mills has updated their goals for 2015.  The company's four new environmental sustainability goals include reducing water use, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and cutting solid waste by 50%. As outlined in the Corporate Social Responsibility 2010 Report published earlier this year, General Mills is committed to reducing...

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Product Spotlight: Logitech® Wireless Solar Keyboard

Wireless keyboards, the ultimate in convenience, have now been made even more hassle-free with the launch of the new Logitech® Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 - the company's first light-powered keyboard.  The keyboard is powered by light but can stay charged in total darkness for up to three months. In addition, it features PVC-free construction and fully recyclable packaging. Powering itself...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: New Jobless Claims Plummet to 2-Year Low

Plus: Demand for Durables Falls, Eurozone Recovery Accelerates and RFID Market Forecast to Grow. Durable Goods Orders Fall Sharply Orders for durable goods in the United States dropped sharply in October, falling 3.3 percent in the largest monthly decline in nearly two years, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday. New orders for manufactured durable goods in October declined...

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Product Spotlight: Enxsuite Energy Performance Management Platform

ENXSUITE has developed a comprehensive Energy Performance Management platform that enables companies to continuously plan, analyze, and manage their entire energy and sustainability footprint. The solution not only meets the needs of facilities managers by providing them with comprehensive data management and reporting capabilities, but also meets the needs of sustainability executives by...

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Sustainability Takes Front Row Seat at Nation's Stadiums

With the amount of water, electricity (and beer) consumed at the nation's stadiums and convention centers on any given day, logic would dictate that this public arena isn't one that's particularly hip to deploying sustainable best practices. But faster than you can say "Let's get ready to rumble", it turns out iconic structures like Infineon Raceway, Anaheim Convention Center and Lincoln...

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Thanksgiving 2010 by the Numbers

Wondering whether the annual U.S. turkey deficit will rise this year? Want to know which towns are named after your favorite Thanksgiving foods? Find out in our latest roundup of fun facts about Thanksgiving meals, travel and shopping. Thanksgiving is the time of year when we get to do what matters most: spend time with friends and family, remember what we're grateful for and eat ourselves...

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Do Lighting Retrofits Actually Pay Off?

Here's a way to find out: Precision Paragon (P2), a manufacturer of energy efficient lighting for commercial and industrial buildings, offers the Lighting Retrofit Calculator so that customers can see the effects retrofit lighting has on their energy usage.  According to P2, 40% of the electricity used in a typical commercial building is from lighting. The calculator works this way: provide...

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CFO Outlook More Positive for Midsize Firms

Most chief financial officers in the U.S. report improved access to capital, low to moderate economic growth and healthier hiring, according to a quarterly survey of CFOs across seven major industries. Middle-market companies in the United States believe the worst of the economic crisis is behind them and expect to grow over the next few years, according to a quarterly survey of chief financial...

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