While the media has given a lot of attention to "going green," consumers are a bit ho-hum, according to Yankelovich research. In a survey of 2,763 consumers, the firm found only 34 percent are more concerned about environmental issues than a year ago. Fewer than 22 percent believe they can make a difference with it comes to the environment. "Consumers are not drinking the Kool-Aid when it comes to green," says J. Walker Smith, president of Yankelovich. "While they're highly aware of environmental issues due to the glut of media attention, 'going green' in their everyday life is not a big concern or high priority." The survey shows only 13 percent of respondents have a passionate interest in the environment, while 48 percent are either unmoved or simply don't care.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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