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NASA to the Public: Get Us to Mars

Future Mars missions will reflect a creative, cost-conscious approach as a budget-wary NASA reformulates its exploration program and calls on the public for alternative strategies. Earlier this month, NASA's Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) announced an initiative seeking the best and the brightest ideas for exploration of the Red Planet. The announcement came shortly after the agency's fiscal...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Global NC Software Market Grew in 2011

Plus: Factory Output Climbs, Leading Economic Indicators Rise and Jobless Claims Edge Lower. Industrial Production Rises in Q1 Although industrial production in the United States remained flat for the second month in March, it increased at an annual rate of 5.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Federal Reserve last week. Manufacturing output fell 0.2 percent in March, but...

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A Tiny Approach to Green: New Nanotechnology Applications

While it doesn't garner as many column inches as other industries - probably because it still seems like sci-fi to most people - the nanotechnology industry continues to expand out of the lab and into practical applications. Nanotechnology, the creation and use of devices that are between one and 100 nanometers wide (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter), is today worth an estimated $24 billion...

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Light Friday: Discovery's Last Flight

Plus: The World's Quietest Room, the Sweet Dreams App and a Stair-Climbing Robot. Discovery's Final Flight The space shuttle Discovery departed from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its final flight this week, marking the end of the space shuttle program as the iconic vehicle made its way to Virginia, where it will be retired and placed on display in the Smithsonian's National Air and...

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Greening the Business Landscape: 5 Eco-Pacts

Industry efforts for eco-change are making headlines as companies merge commercial and green practices. The newest eco-pacts featured here demonstrate a steady shift to sustainable business. Eco Initiatives Fuel Aviation Pact In aviation news: Three companies - Boeing Co, Airbus SAS and Brazil's Embraer - have signed an agreement to develop affordable aviation biofuels. Executives signed the...

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Geothermal: Good for Around the Home and Beyond?

My wife's brother recently visited us in New Zealand and talked about how he'd sold his lumber business and was getting into geothermal. As in, installing geothermal heating systems for homes. Living in the Canadian Rockies in Golden, B.C., as he does, it makes sense, since homeowners can see ROI in four to five years. Not to use this column to plug my brother-in-law's business, but if that's the...

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U.S. Reclaims Top Spot from China in Clean Energy Investment

In the global race to secure private clean energy financing and investment, the U.S. reclaimed the top spot in 2011 after trailing China since 2009. Global investment in clean energy grew to a record $263 billion in 2011, a 6.5 percent rise over 2010, new research from the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates. Excluding research and development (R&D) spending, investment in the sector is now more than...

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Sustainability Spotlight: eCycling Leadership Initiative

Last April, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), along with 12 leading consumer electronics companies, launched an initiative to recycle 1 billion lbs. of electronics annually by 2016. Coined the Billion Pound Challenge, the effort involved collaboration with retailers, collectors, recyclers, and other organizations to not only improve recycling rates but to also increase the number of...

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Worth a Look: Would You Rather Work for Han Solo or Vito Corleone?

Plus: Loving a Brand, Budget Deficit Woes, Alternative Transportation, Good Business Etiquette, Bad Corporate Writing 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 that might have slipped under your radar - all in...

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As the Fracking Debate Continues, a Town in Upstate New York Tries to Bring Jobs to its Citizens

Whenever a major environmental issue becomes a hot-button issue in a town, county, state or in the federal government, there are certain push-pull debates that are going to happen. For example, one side is usually arguing that, say, fracking will endanger a natural habitat or will damage the quality of life for Small Town USA's residents. Meanwhile, the other side, often the Big Business side,...

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