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  • 3D Technology Could Brighten Solar-Industry Output Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 2:57 PM ET
    Winemaker Greg Allen walks between floating solar panels on a pond behind the Far Niente winery in Oakville, Calif. The winery is trying out a new approach in the volts-for-vines tradeoff, saving vineyard space by floating solar panels on a pond that recycles water left over from the winemaking process. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    With the solar energy industry booming, companies large and small continue to look for ways to squeeze efficiencies out of decades-old technology. So why not 3D technology.

  • Stonyfield Farm yogurt cup made from plant-based Ingeo

    A growing industry of so-called bioplastics — plastics made out of plants like corn or sugarcane, or plastics that simply biodegrade — is rising up to meet the need of a small, but dedicated group of consumers who want green products.

  • Petrotech Oil Purification Unit Onsite

    The three-decade-old technology for industrial systems is not only affordable, but generates revenue for companies that use it — assuming they know about it.

  • Ultrapure Cerium

    Surging prices for many REMs and the possibility of hoarding have companies on the offensive, spurring a new effort to reclaim valuable elements from mountains of e-waste.

  • Corporate America Embraces The Green Data Server Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 2:53 PM ET

    With ever-increasing amounts of data being generated, energy-thirsty data centers are quickly becoming many firms’ most important green initiative.

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    We can win if we put more ingenuity into using resources that are close to home, rather than into figuring out new ways to snatch another barrel of oil from war zones in the Middle East or kilowatts of electricity from sources that will one day make our food and water glow in the dark, says Terry Tamminen

  • NYSE Trader

    Corporate hedging, the science of locking in predetermined prices to insure against future, has been around since at least the 1980s. But a combination of global diversification over the last decade and a rash of geopolitical events from Japan to Libya are causing many companies to reemphasize the importance of their hedging, say traders and corporate executives.

  • Toyota Sells 1 Millionth Prius Hybrid in US Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 8:48 AM ET
    2010 Prius

    The automaker said Wednesday that the Prius has been the top-selling hybrid in the U.S. since it went on sale 11 years ago.

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    What Achenbach has done in his meticulously researched book, is take us behind the scenes revealing the struggles and battles between the BP engineers and government scientists who were working (together and often against each other) to kill the runaway well.

  • Today's Market Outlook Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 6:20 AM ET
    Today's Market Outlook

    Kevin Ferry, Cronus Futures Management, discusses what happened in overnight trading as well as what he wishes would happen with the Fed. And the House tries to ban the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, with Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) Energy & Commerce Committee.

  • Expectations of inflation have supported oil prices, but even though interest rates are set to rise, crude is unlikely to fall too much, Johannes Benigni, managing director at JBC Energy told CNBC Tuesday.

  • 4 Reasons to Short Oil: Economist Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 2:26 AM ET
    Oil Refinery

    Oil prices have recovered from a short sharp sell-off late last month to hit fresh highs but could be about to sell off again, according to Julian Jessop, the chief international economist at Capital Economics.

  • A boat works uses a protective boom to collect oil that has leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Transocean acknowledged that its description of 2010 as its "best year in safety" despite a blowout that sank one of its rigs, killing 11 workers and causing a huge oil spill, might be insensitive.

  • Stocks Close Mixed Amid Lackluster Trading Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 4:47 PM ET

    Stocks closed mixed Monday with tech stocks lower after the market traded within a narrow range during much of a quiet session with the market at or near highs for the year.  Johnson & Johnson led the Dow higher, while HP fell.

  • Stocks Gain Slightly As Close Nears; Chips Fall Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 3:58 PM ET

    Stocks gained moderate strength in the final hour of trading Monday, although largely remained within a narrow range, amid another quiet trading session with the market at or near highs for the year. Johnson & Johnson and Wal-Mart gained, while HP fell.

  • Stocks Turn Higher, Led by Materials Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 12:09 PM ET

    Stocks traded slightly higher amid another day of quiet trading and after a week of strong gains.. GE and Wal-Mart rose, while Intel fell.

  • Futures Slightly Up; Central Banks in Focus Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 9:21 AM ET

    Stock index futures rose slightly ahead of the open Monday as investors waited for direction from Federal Reserve speakers at the start of a week which will see central bank policy decisions take center stage.

  • BP to Resume Drilling in Gulf of Mexico Sunday, 3 Apr 2011 | 11:53 PM ET
    BP sign

    BP will resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as early as July, less than 15 months after an accident that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil disaster in US waters, the Financial Times reports.

  • Small Cars Drive March US Auto Sales Higher Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 2:59 PM ET

    General Motors, Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Nissan all reported higher U.S. sales of new vehicles in March, helped by strong demand for models that get better gas mileage.

  • Yoshikami: Japan's Quiet Uncertainty Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    A pedestrian road has collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    There seems to be little news to merit any optimism. The challenges facing Japan are great and daunting. But let's not discount the resilience and determination of the Japanese and let's not dismiss the Japanese economy.