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March 1, 2013
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  • Pair of towers covered in trees, plants rising in Milan
    Bosco Verticale, a pair of towers in Milan, Italy, is being covered with trees, groundcover plants and shrubs in an attempt to absorb dust and create a microclimate that "filters sunlight out." The structures are "a kind of biological architecture, which refuses to adopt a strictly technological and mechanical approach to environmental sustainability," says Stefano Boeri, one of the principal designers. The Guardian (London)/Gardening blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Revision shows U.S. GDP expanded 0.1% in Q4
    The Commerce Department has revised the gross domestic product for the fourth quarter from 0.1% contraction to 0.1% expansion. Government spending declined 15% during the quarter, and investment in inventory was lower than forecast. Despite uncertainty about the "fiscal cliff," consumer spending held up better than expected. Forbes (2/28), MarketWatch/The Tell blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 10 steps that CEOs can take to create leaders
    Top leaders should constantly try to improve themselves and should set similar standards for their organization's other senior managers, Dan McCarthy writes. "A CEO's behaviors are powerful -- they set the expectations for the rest of the management team, creating a trickle-down effect of leadership development," McCarthy writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How customer service defines your brand
    Your brand is defined by how you treat your customers, writes Monika Jansen. She gives the example of a hotel company that picked up positive publicity for its response when a child left his stuffed animal behind on a vacation. The hotel photographed the stuffed animal enjoying his extended stay and mailed the photos to the owner along with the stuffed animal. "As you can imagine, this story went viral," she writes. NetworkSolutions.com (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Man invents Oreo-scraping robot
    Inventor David Neevel loves Oreo cookies, but not the creme, so he built a Rube Goldberg machine capable of splitting the cookies in two and carefully scraping away the offensive filling. MAKE Magazine blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • OPEI Foundation and Discovery Education launch TurfMutt's "Paw it Forward" sweepstakes
    From Feb. 18 to March 11, you can enter the TurfMutt sweepstakes to win a $250 donation to your local animal shelter and help dogs (and cats and other critters) find a forever family. Two winners receive a $250 donation and an eco-friendly TurfMutt backpack with school supplies.

    To enter, visit TurfMutt's Facebook page.

    To enter, all you have to do is check out TurfMutt's new public service announcement, where TurfMutt is sharing the beauty, fun and discovery families can experience right in their own back yard.

    Those 16 years of age and older can enter.

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