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Industrial Production Falls in September

Following a long period of expansion, U.S. industrial output decreased in September for the first time since the end of the recession, raising concerns over the long-term strength of the recovery in industrial production. Industrial production in the United States decreased 0.2 percent in September, following 0.2 percent growth in August, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest industrial...

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Paint as an Energy Saving Tool

Think of it as sunscreen for your house or office building. The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used an exterior paint that reflects the sun's rays on demonstration houses to show how choosing the right paint can lower energy costs.  The test houses were painted using TEX-COTE's COOLWALL® primer and topcoat manufactured by Textured Coatings of America.  COOLWALL...

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"Design for Reuse Primer" Expands the Definition of Sustainability

Developed by Public Architecture, the "Design for Reuse Primer" profiles 15 innovative building projects that support material reuse in construction.  The document expands the definition of sustainability by looking beyond conservation and towards proactive waste reduction. Through interviews with contractors, architects, clients, and specialists, the "Design for Reuse Primer" provides a...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Trade Gap Expands

Plus: Global Recovery Questioned, OECD Unemployment Stabilizes and Retail Container Traffic Grows. Trade Gap Widens Significantly The United States trade deficit expanded to $46.3 billion in August, a nearly 9 percent increase over the revised $42.6 billion total in July, due in large part to a record-high trade gap with China, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday. August...

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DOE Proposes Higher Efficiency Standards for Refrigerators

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the release of a new proposed energy efficiency standard for residential refrigerators and freezers that could save consumers as much as $18.6 billion over thirty years. Since January 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized new efficiency standards for more than twenty household and commercial products, which will cumulatively avoid between...

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Light Friday: Google's Self-Driving Car

Plus: Honey Bee Mysteries, Noisy Meals, Punching Robots and Slow-Motion Water Droplets. Honey Bee Mystery Solved? Starting in 2006, honeybees began to die out in enormous quantities and without any clear explanation, posing a serious threat to the global ecosystem — not to mention the honey supply. Although the epidemic continues today, scientists may have uncovered the main source of the...

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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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