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March 8, 2013
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  • Senators seek cybersecurity deal after hearing
    Cybersecurity could be addressed by piecemeal legislation, senators said Thursday during a hearing. "If there are certain areas that we can come to agreement on, then we should move those immediately and then come back to the other areas that we have to address," said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. Including information-technology companies in the process will be important, noted Dow Chemical's chief information officer, David Kepler. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Interior nominee backs Obama's "all-of-the-above" energy plan
    Sally Jewell, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Department of the Interior, stated her support for an "all-of-the-above" energy plan that encourages the development of both fossil fuels and renewable sources. Jewell also pledged to use the scientific resources of the department in efforts against global warming. "From energy development to grazing to logging, tourism and outdoor recreation, our lands and waters power our economy and create jobs," she said during a Senate panel hearing. The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Study: South America, Asia to be biopolymer investment hubs
    Asia and South America are set to receive biobased investments as global biopolymer production is projected to triple between 2011 and 2020, according to a study by the Nova Institute in Germany. "The development of bio-based polymers is still very dynamic. Only five years ago, nobody would have expected [bio-polyethylene terephthalate] to grow to the biggest group among the bio-based polymers due to an initiative by one big brand owner," said Nova Institute Managing Director Michael Carus. PlasticsNews.com (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Why bosses should keep on talking
    Good leadership is the art of engaging in the right conversations at the right times, write Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz. Conversations help bosses build relationships, develop leadership qualities in their direct reports, make better decisions and execute more effectively, they argue. "[I]t is something you need to do well -- consciously and unconsciously -- every minute of every day," they write. Knowledge@Wharton (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't seek answers when you should be asking questions
    Give Albert Einstein 60 minutes to solve a life-or-death problem and he'd use all but five minutes mulling over the best question, Liz Alexander writes. Innovators should take a similar approach, she argues, focusing on identifying meaningful questions rather than obsessing over solutions. ThoughtLeaders blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Energy recovery ... There's an app for that
    Through the power of technology, the benefits of recovering energy from everyday waste now can be experienced right at your fingertips. And it's fun. Covanta Energy has launched a game for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad that allows you to earn points for feeding the energy production process while sorting out recyclables and other non-energy-producing items. Learn more about how this new game is helping to educate people on the waste-to-energy process. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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