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Planning a Career Move 101

Switching careers can be a daunting transition. For those looking to start over, developing a plan and sticking to it can make all the difference. There are many steps to planning a successful "encore career," the first of which is determining whether or not you need to make a change. Career Know-How.com offers this advice from Marci Taub, co-author of Work Smart: 250 Smart Moves Your Boss...

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A Look at 5 Breakthrough Materials

Innovative materials can be found in nearly every aspect of modern life, from the metals and alloys found in our cars, to the plastics, ceramics and composites in our homes. Here we highlight a handful of recent developments in materials science that have the potential to further change our daily lives and help shape our world. New materials can redefine the way we use standard objects, from...

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DOE Recharges Energy.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy has unveiled the next step of its Energy.gov website reform. Through a complete overhaul of its front-end and back-end design, Energy.gov modernizes how consumers and businesses access the information and resources they need to save money and energy. The new website makes it easier for visitors to get localized information specific to their cities, counties and...

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Poisoning Behind A Front of Trade Secrets

If you pay marginal attention to the news, you know that humans today carry more toxins in their bodies than their ancestors. Pesticides, heavy metals, and a dizzying array of chemicals that are used in our water, food, meat, medications and household goods have a way of creeping into our organs - either through ingestion or absorption. While some of these substances occur at only trace amounts,...

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The Rising Role of Risk Management

Increasing economic volatility and complexity have elevated the importance of risk management as a key priority and management function. Risk management, viewed largely as a means of crisis management in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, has moved up the corporate agenda as a key to competitive advantage, according to a new report by Accenture. In 2009, 85 percent of executives...

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3 Easy Ways to Cut Office Costs

The key to realizing office savings can be as simple as re-evaluating how even the most routine tasks are done on a daily basis. As budget cuts abound, companies are searching for strategies to tighten the reign on office expenses. The following are some relatively simple strategies for saving. Re-evaluate Daily Tasks Even the most routine tasks cost money. For instance, while many companies...

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The State of Sustainability in Material Handling

The pursuit of sustainability is transforming the material handling industry, as increasingly more warehousing and distribution pros realize the benefits of implementing sustainable practices. Even in today's volatile economic environment, the global supply chain is moving toward a more sustainable and more responsible future. In the material handling industry, organizations are committing to...

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I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

I'm Feeling Lucky is a personal account from employee No. 59 of what it felt like to be part of Google as it grew from 60 people to tens of thousands. B&N Review A book about Google by employee No. 26,119 could be mildly interesting, but one by employee No. 59 promises to be downright enthralling, especially if that employee happens to have been a major player during that legendary company's...

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Bundling EVs and Solar Power Systems

In an effort to make electric vehicles more attractive in the green marketplace, Ford and SunPower have come up with a buy one get one at a discount deal. The 'Drive Green for Life' program offers buyers of Ford's Focus Electric to purchase a rooftop solar system from SunPower that will provide enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle. "Under the 'Drive...

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How Will U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Affect Expansion of Solar Energy?

The U.S. Army this month established an Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force, which could have a significant effect on the growth of the solar energy industry. I first studied solar energy in junior high school in the mid-1960s (the Bell Labs "From Sun to Sound" kit pictured here is similar to the one we built). Inquiring minds wanted to know at the time whether solar energy could ever...

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