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November 21, 2012
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  • In some states, chemical regulation stays close to home
    California, Maine and Washington are leading an increasingly state-level effort in the U.S. to force companies to disclose information on ingredients or use alternative ingredients. States are acting in the absence of federal action by Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency, write Peter R. Duchesneau and James G. Votaw Environmental Leader (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology is the story of U.S. natural gas, EIA official says
    The expectation-defying growth of U.S. natural gas reserves should bring continued gains and innovation, according to this article. "The shale gas and tight oil technology story is only beginning, with much yet to be written," said Energy Information Administration economist Aloulou Fawzi. AOL Energy (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Research & Innovation 
  • Dow Corning touts smart-glazing technology for windows
    Dow Corning is developing a silicon liquid crystal film as the key to smart window-glazing technology that could reduce energy costs. The film allows buildings to control the amount of light that can pass through windows. "Smart glazing has the potential to decrease by 30% the amount of energy consumed in a building by being properly combined with an automated building management system," said Elisabeth van den Berg of Dow Corning. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Why bosses should find their "off button"
    Leaders shouldn't be afraid to turn off their smartphones and iPads, write Henry Mintzberg and Peter Todd, as digital distractions make it harder for bosses to relate to their workers effectively. "By giving managers the illusion of control, the rapid flow of information through new technologies threatens to rob them of real control," the pair write. Strategy+Business magazine (free registration) (Winter 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Critical thinking isn't just for college professors
    Smart bosses teach workers to think critically about the challenges they face, writes Joel Garfinkle. That means encouraging them to ask the right questions and to have confidence in their thought processes. "Continue to encourage employees to act independently ... and they will reward you and the company with sound decisions based on logic and common sense," Garfinkle writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday and Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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