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Cradle-to-Cradle -- Like Recycling on Natural Organic Whole-Grain Steroids

Several years ago, when I first heard of cradle-to-cradle (C2C) design, I thought, This will never work. It's too great an idea. Two recent bits of news make me think I might have been wrong. One news item was the announcement that the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has joined The Sustainability Consortium. The other news item is the release of the first certifications for...

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Light Friday: The Perpetual Ocean

Plus: How We Empathize With Disrespected Coworkers and Why Single CEOs are a Risky Investment. Why Single CEOs are Risky What does a chief executive's marriage status have to do with investments? Investing in firms run by single CEOs is riskier than investing in companies run by executives who are married, according to new research from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Based on a study...

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The Media Sliming Of Pink Slime

If you've ever doubted that the tendency of what passes for journalism in the U.S. in the 21st century - hysterical hair-trigger over-hyping, by and large - has ever done anyone any good, it may have just gotten a mark in its favor when it comes to food safety. Anyone who eats ground beef in schools or restaurants, or buys it from the traditional supermarket meat counter, has consumed what the...

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Global Warming Advocates Avoid Man in a Kilt

So who's afraid of an eccentric man wearing a kilt? Evidently, California Democrats who believe that humans are causing global warming. Christopher Monckton, the Viscount of Brenchley, a special advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for global warming and climate change issues in the 1980s, is a fairly controversial figure in the global warming debate. He seems to attract a great many...

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What Will the EPA's New Carbon Rule Mean for U.S. Electrical Generation?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a new rule severely limiting greenhouse gas emissions for electricity generation, effectively blocking the construction of future coal-fired power plants. The new standard spotlights the potential of natural gas as a cleaner bridge to a renewable world, as well as the bitter controversy over human-caused climate change. On...

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Sustainability Spotlight: 2012 Energy Star Award Winners

As part of its 20th Anniversary of Energy Star celebrations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named 109 organizations 2012 Energy Star Award winners for their outstanding leadership and commitment to protecting America's environment through energy efficiency. As we celebrate 20 years of progress through the Energy Star program, EPA is proud to congratulate the 2012 Energy Star award...

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Crowdfunding Bill to Reshape Small-Biz Financing

New federal legislation will eliminate certain restrictions on raising capital, which could open up vast new channels of financial support for entrepreneurs and small businesses. A bill approved by Congress this week will institute sweeping changes to small business financing and capital investment by loosening regulations that restrict funding opportunities for entrepreneurs. The legislation is...

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The Power of Green Infrastructure Comes to the Big Apple

It's not as easy to make jokes about New York City anymore. Sure, you can still say that New Yorkers think they're the smartest, most cultured folks in the world. You can say it's too crowded, that car horns are honked at all hours, that the people are rude, yada yada yada. But some of the old stereotypes about my hometown aren't true anymore. The subways are actually pretty clean, reliable, and...

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Worth a Look: How Bell Labs Invented the Future

Plus: Special Treatment for Manufacturing, Rethinking the Workweek, Evolutionary Puzzles, Ignorance in Science, Great Customer Service Stories, Welcoming Back Raises and MORE. Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, IMT continues its weekly Wednesday feature that spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources...

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Avoid These Common Brainstorming Pitfalls

We've all been there: The boss asks you to participate in a chaotic exercise billed as a brainstorming session, tells you to think outside the box and then waits expectantly. How can these exercises be improved? Traditional brainstorming sessions are often characterized by a few things: a lack of planning and organization; unclear goals; spontaneous, free-flowing ideas with little real-world...

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