A surprising 77 percent of American voters say the U.S. is not doing enough to promote and utilize green technology in order to reduce reliance on foreign oil fuel sources. Only 17 percent believe the government is doing enough, according to a nationwide poll of American voters conducted by the TechNet Green Technology Initiative and Zogby International. The poll also found that 75 percent of American voters said their purchasing decisions in the past year have been influenced by a desire to save energy and improve the environment.
Americans are apparently making their homes greener. A hearty 77 percent reported they improved the energy efficiency of their homes. When asked what alternative energy they preferred over oil, 28 percent chose solar power. Biofuels were named by 24 percent of respondents, while wind was the favorite of 16 percent. Nuclear energy won 14 percent and fuel cells was named by only 4 percent.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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