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  • The World's Most Influential People

    Time magazine's " World's Most Influential People " edition is out on the newsstands now. While I recognize that these lists are incredibly arbitrary, built thoroughly on the foundation of whatever biases the publisher has, like everyone else I'm compelled to read them. This year's...
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  • The Greens and the Smart Grid

    At some point in his career Isaac Newton must have worked in politics. Surely that's how he derived his Third Law of Motion , "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." In Washington it works this way: As soon as one person proposes a public policy, no matter how beneficial...
  • A Shrinking Gap

    It was not a particularly busy week for new data releases, headlined by monthly readings on the ISM nonmanufacturing index and international trade flows . The former showed an unexpectedly strong rebound in service sector activity in April following three consecutive months of contraction, as respondents...
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  • A New Lighting Index Shows CFLs Shining Bright

    Considering NEMA's role in lighting systems -- we represent the largest lighting companies in North America -- we get all sorts of questions about compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). I recently wrote about NEMA's new FAQ webpage designed to answer questions about CFL safety. Now, due to popular...
  • Protect Your Home from Fire

    Every day in the U.S. 150 homes will start on fire because of electrical issues. Homeowners can take steps to prevent thousands of these fires each year says the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) which sponsors May as National Electrical Safety Month. As part of its campaign this year...
  • Another Roller-Coaster Ride

    Making a call on where the economy is headed over the near term is seldom easy, but times like these only ratchet up the difficulty and really force economists to earn their paychecks. Steady improvements in the capital markets and a handful of better-than-expected data releases have prompted some analysts...
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  • Solving a Parental Concern Through Innovation

    Last week in honor of " National Electrical Safety Month " I posted an article on arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and the political challenges these electrical safety devices are facing from homebuilders in midwestern states. The good news is that AFCIs are just one of several innovative...
  • Where leaders and ideas meet

    Can it be that time of year already? Sure enough, registration is now open for Illuminations Weekend 2008 , NEMA's popular annual meeting, where "leaders and ideas meet." The members-only event, scheduled for October 31-November 1, will feature keynoters Robert Ballard , discoverer of the...
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  • Tesla Lives! A Book Review

    My electric reading tastes led me to pick up Samantha Hunt’s new novel, The Invention of Everything Else , an attempt of sorts to revive our appreciation for Nikola Tesla. He indeed was a path-breaking electrical genius who has long since been forgotten by the general public and very much deserves being...
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