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Green Paint's Promise

In 2007, a mountainside in China was mysteriously covered in green paint. But the kind of green paint we're talking about is a bit more eco-friendly than that. Paints, stains and other architectural coatings produce about 9 percent of the volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer and commercial products, making them the second-largest source of VOC emissions after automobiles,...

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Building Up in a Down Economy

Construction was one of the nation's largest industries in 2006. These days, though, homebuilders are suffering. What's in store for the fields and professions associated with construction? In 2007, about $1.12 trillion in new construction was put in place, according to the United States Department of Labor (DOL). This means that the construction field accounted for about 8.5 percent of all...

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9 Bizarre Buildings

From very cool to totally weird, here is a collection of nine unusual houses and bizarre buildings from all around the world. We've written about incredible global constructs, record-breaking skyscrapers, architecturally world-class Olympic and World Cup stadiums, as well as dancing and self-healing buildings. Building is serious business and a no-nonsense task. But it can also be, well, rather...

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Wonders of the World

The recently published Wonders of the World presents a selection of humanity's most remarkable works in the immense and marvelous field of design and construction. The majestic pyramids and temples of Egypt, great monuments of the Greek and Roman worlds, gems of European medieval and Renaissance architecture and extraordinary works designed by acclaimed contemporary masters are just a few of the...

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Mystery Solved? Stonehenge a Burial Site

The mystery of why Stonehenge was built has kept people guessing for millennia. New radiocarbon dating indicates one certainty: the monument stood as giant tombstones to the dead for centuries. Stonehenge, a Neolithic monument constructed on England's Salisbury Plain during the third millennium B.C. and one of the enduring landmarks of prehistoric times, has been one of the greatest mysteries...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Primary Season Ends, Unemployment Stunner, Exports Keep Us Afloat...

... A Car Quality Surprise, Thousands More European Truckers Protest and King Kong Fights T. Rex. Democratic Slugfest Ends It's been almost one week since Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton's mythic battle (campaigns complete with combat and resurrection, conspiracy theories and new lows in TV journalism!) came to a close last Tuesday. Though it now sounds hackneyed to call the outcome...

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Friday Car-Quality Question: Who's Moving?

Question marks in the headline can mean only one thing: it's time for you to weigh in! In lieu of Light Friday today, and based on some new findings, we're considering anew the better-car-quality question: Asian or American? As the global automotive industry continues to evolve, the used-to-be-Big Three have been under intense competitive pressure from foreign-based firms while enduring high...

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Government Agency Finds Fatal Flaws in Seaport Security

Despite the introduction of new inspection and security procedures, U.S. ports are still vulnerable to terrorist attacks, a recent government report says. Although Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made progress with its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), the agency doesn't provide enough oversight of foreign shippers, according to a recent report issued by the Government...

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Fuel Prices Putting Globalization in Reverse?

The world seems to be becoming less flat. Shipping costs between Asia have risen so much that they have eclipsed tariffs as a barrier to global trade, according to a new report that calls the cost of moving goods the largest barrier to global trade today. The impact of rising transportation costs, driven significantly by high oil prices, is already being seen in capital-intensive manufacturing...

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Corporate Marriages Heat Up in Industrial Manufacturing

Deal making in the global industrial manufacturing industry looks set to remain at high levels in the near- and longer-term future, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report. Both deal numbers and values of mergers and acquisitions are increasing, but does all this M&A activity pay? There were more than 4,100 completed mergers and acquisitions (M&A) between 2005 and 2007, according to...

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