SIEMENS – Three-hundred high-efficiency cutting-edge LED projectors from Siemens‘ Osram subsidiary are illuminating the conference symbol, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. To mark the world-famous statue’s 80th anniversary in 2011, Osram equipped the monument with state-of-the-art lighting technology. The new LED system is reducing the energy needed to light the nearly 40-meter landmark by more than 75 percent. Solutions that combine high-efficiency lighting products with light management systems can yield energy savings of up to 80 percent. Artificial lighting accounts for some 20 percent of world electricity consumption.
Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will attract a large number of heads of state and decision makers from around the world. The conference will take place on June 20-22, 2012 – 20 years after the Earth Summit, the historic United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Hence, the conference name: Rio+20. more> http://tinyurl.com/7nop3m6
Posted in EARTH WATCH, Economic development, Energy, Product, Technology
Tagged Business improvement, Climate change, Earth Summit, Industrial economy, Light-emitting diode, New Seven Wonders of the World, Osram, Siemens, Sustainable Development
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By Charles Murray – Nothing in the history of the automobile compares to today’s frantic effort to breathe life into electric cars and hybrids.
Find out about recent developments emerging from the auto industry‘s ongoing efforts in alternative power train technologies. Our vehicle choices range from Toyota‘s hybrid gas turbine concept car of 1969, to polished production hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius and Ford Explorer, to backyard electric conversions, such as the drag-racing Crazy Horse Pinto. more> http://tinyurl.com/d94bcys
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Tagged Automotive industry, Autos, Electric car, Ford Explorer, Industrial economy, Manufacturing, Test & certification, Toyota Prius
By Robert W. Wood – Since use tax is tough to collect, the battle is over getting online merchants to collect it. Soon we’ll all be paying it. See Internet Retail Tax Interactive Map. In California, Amazon’s compromise exempts online retailers from collecting California sales or use tax until September 15, 2012 if the feds do not pass a federal online tax measure in the meantime. See Amazon Tax: Good, Bad and Ugly. more> http://tinyurl.com/84uotpm
By Eliana Dockterman – Verizon’s new Share Everything plan allows customers pay for a certain amount of data and distribute that data among their devices.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson predicted last week that cell phone companies would enter the market with data-only plans in the next two years. Stephenson was probably thinking of an obvious solution to his company’s own problems: AT&T has recently been recording a decline in the average number of minutes used on phone calls per month. Right now, phone companies still earn most of their money from calling and texting plans.
Of course, we shouldn’t completely abandon the good, old fashioned phone call. So at what point do we stop calling our cell phones “phones”? more> http://tinyurl.com/d5wo25t
Posted in Broadband, Net, telecom
Tagged AT&T, Broadband, data, Internet, Mobile network operator, Mobile phone, Randall L. Stephenson, Verizon Communications, Wireless
CONGRESS WATCH Lawmakers tour Cook facility, hear industry challenges, John Froehling, CantonDailyLedger.com Schilling lauds independent living programs during visit, John Pulliam, Galesburg.com Armed Services chairman won’t support Arsenal cuts, Brian Wellner, Quad-city Times Related articles Updates from Congressman Bobby Schilling … Continue reading