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Exploding Lakes and other Odd Energy Sources

Solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels and ethanol aren't the only alternative energy sources in development today. Here are seven lesser-known (and downright bizarre) power sources being researched today. Alternative energies are a bit like children: while they're still developing, they can be as impractical and creative as they wish. To grow up, of course, they must prove themselves mature and...

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How Food Companies Can Trim the Fat

The food industry is struggling to cope with market fluctuations. In this Expert's Corner, Jonathan Daiker, a partner at CFO services firm the Interlochen Group, identifies strategies to stabilize costs and boost profits. If you make products for the retail or wholesale food industry, maintaining profitability the past year has been challenging. The commodity markets have been fluctuating...

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Futuristic Jobs Available Today

Modern technology advances so fast that some of today's existing jobs seem pretty futuristic. From space-based archaeology to farming on skyscrapers, these far-out careers are emerging in the real world. Space Archaeologist You may have recently heard about archaeologists identifying more than 200 hills across Syria as the remnants of ancient civilization, but you might have missed how they made...

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5 Contests to Showcase Your Competitive Edge

Whether you're an engineer, an entrepreneur or simply a creative thinker, consider putting your innovative ideas to the test in 2012 by entering one of these five competitions. Entering a contest can lead to better branding for your business, give you exposure to new ideas and be an invaluable personal experience. If you're a creative type looking to put your ideas into action, check out these...

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5 Strange (But Useful) Scientific Studies

Not every scientific experiment or study may seem practical at first glance. While it may be tempting to dismiss eccentric types of research as pointless, it's important to remember that even the silliest sounding studies can yield valuable insights. Here we look at the stranger side of science and its often practical findings. Not every scientific experiment or study may seem practical at first...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Is the Manufacturing Recovery a Myth?

Plus: U.S. Leading Economic Indicators Climb, Initial Jobless Claims Fall and Part of Keystone XL Pipeline Fast-Tracked. Rethinking the Manufacturing Recovery Although the manufacturing industry is widely regarded as having experienced a strong rebound from the economic downturn, a new report argues that much of the gains have been overstated. In fact, manufacturing may have suffered its worst...

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The Damage Done, Biofuels Edition -- a Green Bumper Crop or a Harvest of Environmental Problems?

What could be greener than biofuels, energy that grows out of the ground. You mash up some corn or switchgrass and refine it into fuel -- it's the ultimate renewable energy source, right? So the enthusiastic observer might be puzzled to read this statement from Biofuelwatch, an environmental NGO: Biofuels and biomass combustion for heat and electricity are among the fastest growing forms of...

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Verizon, McDonald's and BJ's Set High Sustainability Goals

Some of the biggest companies in the U.S. are setting their sights pretty high with sustainability goals. Will these lofty efforts make a noticeable impact on the environment? First up is news that Verizon plans to cut its CO2 intensity in half by 2020, as part of the company's broader sustainability efforts while creating shareholder value. According to Verizon, carbon intensity is a measurement...

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I Scream, You Scream, Kiribati Screams For Money

Pity poor Kiribati. Really, what else could it do? There it is, reclining in its tropical paradise on a string of islands around the Equator in the lovely south Pacific, with a population of 100,000, about the same as Erie, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, it's also one of the poorest countries in the world. They used to mine phosphate, but that's all gone now, although they did hold on to a little...

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Light Friday: Put Down Your Smartphone

Plus: Unprinting Documents By Laser and Understanding Particle Accelerators By Donut. Put Down Your Smartphone Many people justify their smartphone addiction by claiming that their attachment to mobile devices helps them get more work done, but new research suggests that may not be the case. In fact, a heavy reliance on such technology may actually hurt worker productivity - all the more reason...

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