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So, How Is the Solar Industry Really Doing?

How is solar really doing as an industry? Is it contributing to energy supply in the U.S. and globally? Does it have a promising future, or is it a bubble industry inflated by government subsidies and bandwagon investors? Let's examine some recent reports that can give us some insight into these questions. The Solar Business in the U.S. The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), in...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Economy Grew Slightly in Second Quarter

Plus: Durable Goods Orders Edge Down and Jobless Claims Plummet. U.S. Economy Grows Slightly The United States economy grew slightly faster in the spring than previously estimated, helped by exports and spending on services, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce last week. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the April-June quarter, up from the 1 percent...

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"What Does That Have To Do With The Price Of Oil In China?"

During President George W. Bush's first term my wife, kids and I were still living in the United States, and heard a steady stream of assurances from the media that the president was craftily jacking up the price of gas at the pump to benefit his and Vice President Dick Cheney's cronies in Halliburton. When it got closer to the 2004 election the media switched things around somewhat, assuring us...

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Light Friday: What Computer Problems Would Look Like in Real Life

Plus: Yawning Explained by Science and a Future Mind-Reading Car. Yawning Finally Explained It's one of the oldest mysteries in human behavior: why do we yawn? New research may have finally answered the question, showing that a yawn is not simply an indication of tiredness or boredom, but an important mechanism for cooling the brain. According to a study published in the journal Frontiers in...

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Is Lean Six Sigma a Solution to Government Waste?

Lean Six Sigma can help cut the national debt, although there are a number of obstacles to its successful implementation, according to quality professionals in a new survey. Quality professionals believe Lean Six Sigma can help reduce government waste, according to a survey of more than 2,500 American Society for Quality (ASQ) members in August and September. Separately, lean and Six Sigma...

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Sustainability Spotlight: EPA Names Winners of Inaugural Green Power Community Challenge

In September of 2010, more than 30 communities across the United States entered to compete in the U.S. EPA's Green Power Community Challenge, which encouraged the participating communities to increase their use of green power generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. Green Power Communities, members of EPA's Green Power...

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Health Care Costs to Increase in 2012

The cost of employee health insurance coverage is expected to rise again next year, albeit at the slowest pace in more than a decade, as employers experiment with a range of cost-saving strategies. Employee health care costs have been on a steady upward trend for years, accounting for increasingly larger portions of overall business expenses. New reports indicate that health insurance costs have...

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At the University of Delaware, the worlds of fashion and engineering meet to create renewable clothes

Dr. Richard Wool is a chemical engineering professor at the University of Delaware. He is a well-respected man on campus, and a leader in his field. So it's a safe bet that he never thought a reporter would call him one day and ask if, in light of his new "career path," he's been watching "Project Runway" or "The Rachel Zoe Project." "I don't think I've quite gotten there yet," Wool said,...

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Product Spotlight: Recessed Lighting Fixture Insulation Solution

Recessed lighting fixtures, also known as canned lighting or high hats, are in almost every home or office building. It is estimated that there are currently over 500 million fixtures in use today. They are clean looking but are notorious for being big energy wasters because of a lack of insulation. EcoCycle Solutions has a fix that is a safe, effective, and economical insulation solution to...

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Professional Sleeper and 5 other Odd Jobs

If you are in the market for a job change, consider looking outside the box to find a new career. These six fringe professions may inspire you to start looking in unexpected places. Oil and Gas Diver Although the Deep Horizon oil spill may have soured many on the prospects of oil exploration in the Gulf, plenty of energy companies are looking to the sea for the next big oil fields. And the only...

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