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Empire State Building Renovation Leads to Green Innovation: Introducing the iWindow

Serious Materials has launched an innovative glazing retrofit system that delivers both energy efficiency and occupant comfort benefits without having to replace the existing glass or alter the exterior appearance of a building. Able to improve the thermal performance of single pane aluminum systems, the iWindow consists of a thin material frame containing the company's SeriousGlass and is...

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U.S. Machine Tech Consumption up Year-over-Year

Although manufacturers in most U.S. regions cut back on orders for machine tools and equipment in January, the overall value of manufacturing tech consumption remained significantly higher than in the same month last year. The total value of United States manufacturers' machine tool and related equipment consumption dropped to $371.41 million in January, down 16.3 percent from December, according...

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Is Daylight Savings Time Really Green?

Well, it's here. The dreaded biannual time change. Annoying for almost everyone and excruciating for insomniacs and the parents of small children, it's a ritual that most of us don't even stop to think about. In recent years, however, a plethora of talking heads have informed us that Daylight Savings Time (DST) is the one of the oldest national "green" program. Let's examine the "old" claim...

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Make Your To-Do List Work for You

Putting together a to-do list can help you accomplish your goals, but a poorly organized list can actually impede your success. "For many of us, our to-do list has become more of a guilt list: an inventory of everything we want to do, plan to do, really should do, but never get to," Peter Bregman, CEO of management consulting firm Bregman Partners, Inc., recently wrote at Harvard Business Review....

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Need a Charging Station? There's an App for That!

Gas prices are soaring. The Middle East region is in turmoil. This is the perfect time for an electric vehicle. Or is it? Electric vehicles depend on electricity and at this time there are not many charging stations available. And, how would you even know how to find one? If you have your iPhone or iPod handy, the answer is just a few seconds away. PlugShare is a free App from Xatori Inc., an...

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The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

In The Art of Non-Conformity, author Chris Guillebeau overturns common assumptions about life and work in favor of greater independence, creativity and pursuing a life of both professional and personal adventure. If you've ever thought, "There must be more to life than this," The Art of Non-Conformity is for you. Based on Chris Guillebeau's popular online manifesto "A Brief Guide to World...

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Secrets to Being a Self-Starter

Having a do-it-yourself attitude is essentially about being a self-starter: someone capable of recognizing and seizing new opportunities. While it's easy to think that some people are simply more assertive than others, being a self-starter is more than a personality trait. It takes work, and through concerted effort, many people can train themselves to become a DIYer on the job and in life. Some...

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DIY Market Research for Manufacturers

Increasingly more manufacturers are bypassing full-service market research agencies and performing their own in-house research, as GovPro.com's Mike Keating writes in this Expert's Corner. A growing number of manufacturers are looking to tackle market research projects on a do-it-yourself basis. The practice is so popular that the Chicago, Ill.-based American Marketing Association recently staged...

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Business Travel Outlook 2011

Business travel has been under scrutiny as firms responding to weaker profits targeted travel as an immediate cost-cutting area. Here are some corporate-travel trends we can expect in 2011. In 2009, research firm Oxford Economics established the first clear link between business travel and business growth, showing that for every dollar invested in business travel, businesses experience an average...

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What Does the Future Hold for Deepwater Drilling?

In the aftermath of last year's Gulf oil spill, the U.S. government imposed a temporary ban on deepwater oil drilling. Although the moratorium was lifted, the future of deepwater drilling in the U.S. remains uncertain. Although the Obama administration had planned to open up new areas for oil and gas leasing in Virginia, Alaska and the Gulf Coast, the massive spill caused by BP Plc's Deepwater...

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