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Saving Paper With Unprinting Technology

Remember the concept of the paperless office ? Twenty years ago or more, we were told by futurists and technology experts that, not long in the future, we would work in offices mystically free of paper, every formerly papered process rendered digital. Then, there's the depressing reality: Since the price of paper remains low and the price of high-quality printing has come down, we're using more...

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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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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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We Are All Weird

We Are All Weird is entrepreneur and bestselling author Seth Godin's celebration of choice and of our increasing connection with one another across the globe. Seth Godin's We Are All Weird: The Myth of Mass and the End of Compliance calls for the end of mass marketing and for the beginning of offering people more choices and more interests, and giving them more authority to operate in ways that...

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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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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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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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Machine Tech Orders Drop Sharply in January

Manufacturers sharply reduced orders for machinery and related equipment in January after a tax credit expired, yet the year-over-year value of orders remained significantly higher. United States manufacturers and machine shops ordered $401.69 million worth of machine tools and related technology in January, down 26.5 percent from the previous month, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing...

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