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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: White House Turns Attention to Small Biz

Plus: Goods Orders Increase, Unemployment Rate Falls and Worker Productivity Climbs. White House Shifts Attention to Small Biz "The White House announced a flurry of small-business initiatives Monday, including a proposal to extend permanent capital-gains tax relief to investors who put money into small companies," the Wall Street Journal reported last week. Picking up where President Obama's...

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New ASHRAE Book Offers Simple Ways To Green Up Data Centers

If saving energy in the data center is on your list of goals for 2011, a good place to get started is by evaluating the energy usage of the power and cooling equipment infrastructure that supports all of the servers, appliances, and storage devices. The energy needs of power and cooling equipment represents up to 50 percent of total data center energy consumption. The American Society of Heating,...

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Light Friday: Super Bowl XLV by the Numbers

Whether you're a Green Bay Packers fan, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan or simply enjoy funny commercials, Super Bowl Sunday should prove exciting for millions of Americans. Here we look at some of the fun and surprising statistics behind Super Bowl XLV. Last year, Super Bowl XLIV was the most watched Super Bowl in the history of the event, and Super Bowl XLV this Sunday is projected to draw an even...

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Sustainability Spotlight: EPA's WasteWise Winners

Part of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge, WasteWise is a partnership program in which organizations reduce and recycle municipal solid waste and selected industrial wastes to benefit both their bottom line and the environment.Through this program, more than 2700 business, government, and institutional members have reported a reduction of 175 million tons of municipal solid waste. Each year...

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New Green Label from the USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture is launching a new label to clearly identify biobased products made from renewable resources. The voluntary program will promote the increased sale and use of these products in the commercial market and for consumers. "Today's consumers are increasingly interested in making educated purchasing choices for their families," said Agriculture Deputy...

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U.S. Industrial Manufacturers are Optimistic about 2011

Industrial manufacturers are expressing optimism about domestic and global economic prospects, citing early signs of new hiring and price flexibility while forecasting stronger revenues following higher-than-expected Q4 results. Overall, optimism about the United States economy's prospects over the next 12 months is on a major upswing, due in large part to stronger revenue forecasts and improved...

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Manufacturing Grows at Faster Pace in January

Following strong growth in December, U.S. manufacturing continued to expand in January, growing at its fastest pace in more than six years and marking a promising start to 2011. Although the United States manufacturing sector's growth rate slowed in November 2010, business activity picked up in December and continued to accelerate through January, strengthening the outlook for the manufacturing...

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Energy Servers Power Up the Grid

Like a computer server that manages data and information, an energy server will manage power and electrons. Electrons? An energy server is a power generator that produces electricity at a customer's site. The system designed by Bloom Energy® (Bloom's Energy Server™) consists of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) that function as a battery in storing energy but do not use any corrosive materials...

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Keep Cool: Fighting Anger in the Workplace

Everyone gets frustrated at work from time to time, but an angry outburst at a coworker or superior can be a career-killer. Here we look at ways to control your temper even under the most aggravating circumstances. Even if you're working at your dream job, you're likely to have some bad days every now and then. But whether you are facing conflicts with your coworkers or feeling frustrated with...

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Buyers' Challenges in 2011

In 2011, there will be new challenges and new opportunities for buyers. In this Expert's Corner, Mike Keating tells us what industrial purchasers can expect this year. With economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanding in December for the 17th consecutive month, commodity price hikes are a big concern, according to the Institute of Supply Management's (ISM) latest manufacturing Report...

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