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The future of... passport control

Customs officials describe it as your ticket to get out of line. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das looks at the Global Entry Trusted Traveler program, which uses automated kiosks to help get you out of the airport and to your destination faster.

July 26, 2009 in Tech Industry

How does a solar cell work?

How does solar conversion work now and how do we want it to work in the future? Paul Altivisatos, interim director for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley, explains how a solar cell works and how the solar energy of the future, via a solar fuel generator that converts energy the same way plants do, can become more efficient. He says that rather than looking for what's next, he looks to the end result--an ideal usage for materials.

July 16, 2009 in Tech Industry

Opportunities for investing in solar technology

At the Intersolar Conference in San Francisco, Scott Stephens, Photovoltaic Specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy, explains why he's optimistic about the future. He expects the market to stabilize and manufacturing to begin to consolidate. In addition, he says, the DOE is always searching for solar technology that improves on efficiency, scalability, and durability.

July 15, 2009 in Tech Industry

Capital flowing into green

At Greentech Media's Green Building Summit in Menlo Park, Calif., Cascadia Capital CEO Michael Butler discusses three subsectors of the green-building industry that recently began receiving the most capital from the stimulus plan and private sectors.

June 18, 2009 in Tech Industry

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