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If at First You Don't Succeed . . . Frito-Lay Introduces New, Quieter SunChips Bag

Not ready to throw in the towel on compostable packaging after the first SunChips bag turned out to be a noisy nuisance, Frito-Lay has tenaciously attacked the noise issue and feels it has come up with a solution. Engineers, after examining dozens of options, have come up with a solution that uses a more rubbery adhesive to put together the two layers of the bag to create a noise barrier. The new...

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Light Friday: Building a Replacement for Hubble

Plus: Meteorites' Role in Life on Earth, the Cheetah-Bot, Blown-up Rivers and Rocks Melted with Light. Canadians Dynamite their Rivers Each winter, explosives experts lay down dynamite across the Rideau River in Ottawa, Canada and set it off in a startling display of hydro-violence. This activity isn't fueled by anger, but is actually a traditional feat of engineering inventiveness. Without this...

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Idea Taking Root: Heinz Adopts Coca-Cola PlantBottles

The Coca-Cola Company and H.J. Heinz have announced an agreement under which Heinz will begin using Coke's PlantBottle packaging for all 20-ounce ketchup containers. Heinz said its adoption of PlantBottle technology would be the biggest change to its ketchup bottles since the company introduced plastic containers in 1983, and the packaging change is part of Heinz's overall plan to reduce...

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Sustainability Spotlight: DOE Announces Winners in Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition

Design competitions are a noteworthy component of DOE's strategy to move technology advancements in solid state lighting technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers, The Next Generation Luminaires™ (NGL) Solid State Lighting (SSL)...

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U.S. Chemicals Outlook Improving

The U.S. chemicals industry showed significant improvements in 2010, and signs point to a continued upswing in 2011, due in part to exports to emerging markets, according to recent data. The outlook for chemicals manufacturing in the United States is gradually improving and production is set to increase 3 percent in 2011, thanks in part to dramatic growth in export markets for chemical products,...

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Carbon and Energy Management Software Sales to Soar, Report Says

According to a report, US Carbon And Energy Software Market 2010-14, issued by analyst firm Verdantix, large U.S. firms' spending on carbon and energy management software will undergo a 51 percent compound annual growth rate between 2010 and 2014. It predicts that spending will increase from a base of $108 million in 2010 to $558 million in 2014, more than four times the 2010 value. The forecast...

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Product Spotlight: Eco-Latch Box Closing System

Cardboard boxes have a ton of uses and can be used a ton of times but the stickiest problem with reusing them is the tape issue. How many times have you ripped the packing tape of the box to also rip off half of the cardboard with it? Once the box is ripped it may not useable any more. Enter the Eco-Latch Box Latch™ by Eco-Latch Systems of Jefferson Wisconsin. The Box Latch is an ingenious...

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New Bacteria Strain Rocks Biofuels Industry

With hidden agendas, political posturing and beauracratic red tape running rampant, the world of alternative energy is not an easy one to navigate. This begs the question: Will solar, wind and biofuels ever come together in a meaningful way to help reduce carbon output and create jobs? Sure, some of these green technologies are further along than others but clearly the jury is still out when...

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Manufacturing Grows at Fastest Pace in Almost 7 Years

After steady growth in December and January, U.S. manufacturing expanded in February at the fastest pace since mid-2004, signaling that the factory sector continues to lead the economic recovery. Business activity in the United States manufacturing sector posted strong growth in December and January, and the rate of expansion accelerated in February thanks to major gains in orders, employment and...

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Who are the Happiest Workers?

There may not be such a thing as the perfect job, yet a surprising number of Americans are satisfied with their job, whether due to their profession or their workplace. In fact, many workers love their jobs despite (and sometimes because of) the challenges they face every day. Here we look at some of the common characteristics shared by happy employees and the factors that influence worker...

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