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How IoT Will Change Big Data Analytics

The Internet of Things promises to change industries such as insurance and public utilities. To enjoy the benefits, companies must change how they store and analyze Big Data. What do SAS, Cisco, Duke Energy and AT&T have in common? They are all big proponents of the Internet of Things (IoT), also often called the Industrial Continue reading ?

Pain From Vermont Yankee Closing Spreads Far and Wide

Meredith Angwin We continue our focus on the closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant with a guest post by Vermont resident Meredith Angwin. A nuclear industry veteran, Angwin is now project director of the Energy Education Project at the Ethan Allen Institute.Vermont Yankee will close at the end of the year. Show More Summary

Would You Enter a Clouded Leopard’s Den?

One of the more interesting and colorful items I ran into at the GEN14 conference this week was the unveiling of the Clouded Leopard’s Den. It’s not a new product or service, but rather an effort by the nascent Cloud Ethernet Forum to bring the popular Shark Tank concept to the cloud, where the teeth […]

Clinton (well, Gore) Went to Kyoto. Obama Went to Beijing

Last week, United States President Obama and China's Premier Xi stood together announcing a deal on emissions reductions between these two great nations. The fact that such a bilateral agreement is possible and sealed with a handshake is a big deal. read more

OSHA Launches Safer Chemicals Toolkit

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration has developed a step-by-step toolkit to help businesses eliminate or reduce hazardous chemicals in the workplace. Other benefits of using the tookkit include cost...Show More Summary


Top Republican bows to scientists on climate change Stephen Stromberg, November 17, 2014 (Washington Post) “…[T]he country’s debate on climate change has been stuck on whether the phenomenon is happening at all, or on whether humansShow More Summary


Ford To Make Electric Cars 'Attainable To The Masses;' CEO Denies Rumors Ford Is Interested In Tesla Kukil Bora, November 18, 2014 (International Business Times) "…[Ford Motor Company] intends to mass-produce affordable electric vehicles...Show More Summary


Solar moves beyond early adopters in upper Midwest Andrea Johnson, November 14, 2014 (Farm & Ranch Guide) “…Better technology and lower prices are making solar power in 2014 achievable and more affordable [for farmers and ranchers than...Show More Summary


S.F. clean energy program could generate 8,100 jobs, report says Marisa Lagos, Novembwer 16, 2014 (SF Chronicle) “A renewable energy program in San Francisco could create more that 8,100 construction jobs by building $2.4 billion worth of proposed solar, wind and geothermal projects, a new report says. Show More Summary

CO2 Solutions Develops New Carbon Capture Enzyme

CO2 Solutions says it has completed the internal development of a high-performance carbonic anhydrase enzyme. In extensive bench testing, the new enzyme, named 1T1, has demonstrated longevity and catalytic performance, surpassing that of the best third-party enzymes used by CO2 Solutions to date, the company says. As such, 1T1 is expected to be the principal enzyme […]

Unilever: 100% Traceable Palm Oil for European Foods This Year

One hundred percent of palm oil sourced for Unilever’s European foods business will be traceable and certified sustainable by the end of 2014, according to the company’s sustainable palm oil progress report. The report says 58 percent of its global volume is now traceable to known sources and Unilever now has visibility of about 1,800 […]

SummitIG Hands Virginia a New Intercity Route

Virginia has been getting some fiber attention lately, and it got another key intercity piece this week while I was off traveling this week.  Dulles-based SummitIG has completed the construction of its brand new dark fiber route between Richmond and the key data center hubs of northern Virginia. … [visit site to read more]

McDonald’s, Beef Industry Slammed for ‘Greenwashing’

McDonald’s and the rest of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef are “greenwashing” beef production with their principles and criteria for global sustainable beef, according to consumer, worker and environmental groups. In a letter...Show More Summary

IBM, Veolia Form Smart City Partnership

IBM and Veolia have teamed up to offer smart cities services to municipalities. The first products — smart water services — will incorporate IBM’s Intelligent Water software, which uses big data, and provide a system that integrates, optimizes and analyzes all data related to water management. The new systems for water are currently under development […]

Study Finds no Energy-Related Water Contamination in Bakken Region, But...

Oil and gas development in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana has not impacted shallow water resources, according to a new study. However, the age of the groundwater sampled and the sample locations indicate additional research should be conducted to fully evaluate energy production impact. read more

Survey Reveals How Much Consumers Hate Waste

Consumers don’t like to waste food items like peanut butter and mayonnaise and beauty items like toothpaste and body lotion. They dislike it so much, in fact, that they will take extreme measures to get every last drop, according to results of a survey conducted by LiquiGlide. The company, whose technology allows viscous liquids to […]

Gazelle Pays $200M for Used Electronic Devices

Consumer electronics trade-in company Gazelle has paid $200 million to consumers for used devices, preventing e-waste from ending up in landfills. Gazelle says it has accepted more than 2 million devices from more than 1 million customers. In addition to paying people for old cell phones and other electronics, Gazelle has also launched a new […]

Structural Separation Webinar Commentary

Our webinar on Nov. 18th hosted by the FTTH Council Europe was extremely successful, both in terms of attendance and in the level of engagement and quality of questions. The video has been uploaded, and is available here. The report is still available for purchase and goes in a lot more detail on these issues. […]

AWS-3 Spectrum Bids Surpass $16.4 Billion

After 15 rounds, the AWS-3 spectrum auction has netted $16.4 billion in bids, meaning that the most valuable spectrum licences have met the reserve price the FCC set ahead of the auction. The most fierce competition continues to be around licences in the New York City metropolitan area, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and [...]

Want a Piece of the $33B-and-Growing ‘Internet-of-Things’ Market?

The Internet is set for another revolution, much like the smartphone explosion of the 2000s. This revolution, the “Internet of Things” (IoT), will connect physical devices, such as air conditioners, appliances and lights to the Internet. The IoT is generating particularly widespread interest due to its projected growth from $33 billion in 2013 to $71 Continue reading ?

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