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Fed Reports Slowdown in U.S. Growth

While the U.S. economy continues to grow, key indicators show that the pace of growth has slowed down, with weaker than expected performance in several districts. The United States economy continued to expand through the summer, albeit shakily and with mounting signs of decelerated growth across a wide range of industries and regions. According to the latest Beige Book, the Federal Reserve's...

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands in August, but is Struggling

Manufacturing expanded at a slightly slower rate in August than in the previous month, but it didn't contract as some experts had feared, according to a survey of the nation's supply executives. Activity at manufacturing firms in the United States grew slightly in August, according to the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) latest manufacturing Report on Business. The ISM's purchasing...

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An Environmentalist's Dilemma: Birds or Wind Turbines?

So what do you do when your green principles start conflicting with one another? Do a lot of soul searching, then write a lot of press releases, apparently. Here's a conundrum: you believe that it's impossible to craft a future of sustainable and green energy solutions without wind power in the mix. But you also believe that the avoidable death of one bird or bat is unacceptable. Do you support...

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More Recyclable Packaging

 Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to become more sustainable in their products and their processes. Consumers are also looking for ways to be greener, and so manufacturers also need to be conscious of what the public wants from them. A new recyclable product has been announced from Ampac, a leader the retail, food, pet food, and medical packaging markets, that can be recycled with...

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Living in Small and Tiny Houses - Thoreau Would Be Proud

In his book Walden; Or, a Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau extolled the virtues of living simply. In his first chapter, "Economy," Thoreau discussed the possibilities for making one's life less complex by living in a small space: I used to see a large box by the railroad, six feet long by three wide, in which the laborers locked up their tools at night, and it suggested to me that every man...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Industry Leaders Pledge to Increase Engineering Internships

Plus: U.S. Factory Orders Jump, Job Growth Remains Stagnant and Worker Productivity Falls. U.S. Factory Orders Jump in July New orders for goods manufactured in the United States rose 2.4 percent in July to total $453.2 billion, the largest increase since March, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported last week. Following a revised 0.4 percent drop in June, factory orders were projected to rise...

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Energy Survey Exposes a Lack of Consumer Understanding

 The 2011 IBM Global Utility Consumer Survey revealed what many people may have already figured out: "many consumers around the globe do not understand the basic unit of electricity pricing and other energy concepts used by energy providers." Surveying more than 10,000 people worldwide, IBM investigated the wants and needs of energy consumers. The survey found that consumers are lacking the...

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Um, About Those Green Jobs, Mr. President...

It was a great success story of President Obama's efforts to stimulate green jobs. Nearly $2 billion of your taxpayer dollars were spent to manufacture parts, including blades, for wind turbines for a wind farm in Texas. The project created over 2,000 jobs. Great. Raise the "Mission Accomplished" banner. That's how it was supposed to work. Only problem is, if you want to get technical and picky...

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Light Friday: Web Surfing to Boost Productivity

Plus: Synthetic Meat, Laser-Controlled Weather and Newborn Star Videos. Growing Meat in a Lab Your next burger may come from a lab instead of farm, as scientists are close to producing the first artificial meat to be grown in a test tube, which has the potential to supplement or even replace meat derived from livestock. "First we hunted animals for their meat. Then we developed ways to raise them...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Lincoln, Nebraska to Become the Next Green Capital

Teams of urban planners and landscape architects are poised to descend on Lincoln, Neb., as part of the EPA's Greening America's Capitals program. Lincoln is actively working to revitalize the densely built South Capitol neighborhood, a 287-acre primarily residential neighborhood directly south of the Capitol. The many challenges to be addressed are a high number of older and deteriorating homes...

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