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Tech Giants, Facing Pressure for a Clean Cloud, Make it Rain with Green Data Centers

No trees were killed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced. It's a fun e-mail footer that shows up occasionally in place of the rather smug variation, Consider the environment before printing this e-mail. It also pokes a little fun at the fallacy that digital content is somehow exempt from harm to the environment. Regardless of whether...

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EIA Updates Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) last month revealed new updates to its Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) caucus luncheon. The survey is designed to lead the development of future energy standards for buildings. The event's feature guest, Thomas Leckey, an energy efficiency expert and director of the Office...

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Light Friday: Ultra-Slippery Coating Keeps Ketchup Flowing

Plus: A Study Finds Coffee Drinkers Live Longer and a Big Week for Private Space Flight. SpaceX Rocket Launch a Success Earlier this week, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) successfully launched its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft to orbit. The successful launch marks the beginning of the first-ever commercial spacecraft mission to the International Space...

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Company Develops Eco-Friendlier Way of Making VOC-Resistant Plastic Industrial Containers

Wal-Mart's recent announcement of plans to significantly expand its sustainability scorecard program for its titanic supply chain will likely accelerate markets for more sustainable manufacturing technologies as well as industrial packaging used by manufacturers. Over 100,000 suppliers serve the world's biggest retailer, which alone accounts for 3 percent of U.S. GDP, so its program is bound to...

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Employers Lean on Social Media for Hiring

Companies are increasingly relying on social media profiles to research job candidates, and many of their hiring decisions are now based on what they find online. What specific types of information are they looking for and how will this affect a job seeker's chances? High unemployment levels in the wake of the economic downturn have made the job market extremely competitive. Today's candidates...

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Cry Me a River: Despite the Help of Robots, America's Waterways Are Being Threatened into Endangerment

America's rivers have been the subject of so many songs, poems, books, movies and TV shows that I could waste the entire rest of your day listing them. But I'll name just two to get you in the mood. Swanee River, by Stephen Foster, is a great song. A River Runs Through It, starring a really young Brad Pitt, is a beautiful elegy to nature and the healing powers of water. I was thinking about...

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Worth a Look: A Ring of Fire Eclipse

Plus: Your Passion Vs. Your Bank Account, Advantages of Crowdsourcing, 1,000-Year-Old Farming Secrets, the Fastest-Dying Jobs of This Generation and MORE. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT's weekly Wednesday feature spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have slipped under your radar...

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Early to Rise: Get More Done in the Morning

Not all of us are morning people, but hectic schedules sometimes force us to start work earlier than we'd like. Here are some tips to get the most out of those early hours. Some folks are able to spring out of bed in the morning and get right down to business, feeling fresh and alert from the moment they wake up. Others, however, have to struggle just to get anything done at the start of the day,...

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What Entrepreneurs Expect in 2012

Although entrepreneurs are generally optimistic about their own businesses, they have sent mixed signals about the overall economic outlook for the next 12 months, and are therefore proceeding with caution. In its 2011 Progress Report, published in January, the National Small Business Association reported that 66 percent of small business owners were expecting a flat United States economy in...

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The Climate Change Controversy -- Are Global Temperatures Really Increasing?

One of the most puzzling aspects of the global warming controversy is the divergent responses to the simple question: Have global temperatures been rising in recent years? Sounds simple enough, yet I keep hearing two very different answers. One side says yes, temperatures have continued to rise; the other side says no, temperatures have not risen for about the past decade. In its 2007 report, the...

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