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April 27, 2011
IEC's Electrical Matters

MIT researchers use viruses to build more efficient solar panels
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Teams of viruses can help build better solar panels by ensuring nanoscale components behave properly, according to a new study. MIT researchers say their virus-assisted breakthrough could improve solar panels' energy conversion efficiency by one-third. Scientists already knew that carbon nanotubes, rolled-up sheets of graphene, could improve the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. Ideally, the nanotubes would gather more electrons that are kicked up from the surface of a PV cell, allowing a greater number of electrons to be used to produce a current. More

Inflation: How small businesses can deal with soaring prices
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Many of us have been warning about inflation, and it apparently is beginning to rear its ugly head. Large businesses are better able to buffer themselves from the impact of inflation. We are already seeing automobile manufacturers and airlines raise prices to offset higher costs caused by inflation in the areas of energy and raw materials. More

IEC presents 'Incorporating Social Media into Your Business' at Legislative Fly-In
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IEC National's Director of Marketing & Communications, Joseph Cephas, will conduct a presentation on "Incorporating Social Media into Your Business." The session will take place on Tuesday, May 3, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., during the IEC National Legislative Fly-In. This presentation will touch on the basics of social media and how you can use it to increase your client base and open new lines of communication to your current customers. Plan to attend this informative course to increase your knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, as well as smartphone apps and much more.

Klein Tools® Test and Measurement Tools

The Home Depot is the exclusive home improvement retailer of the new Klein Tools test and measurement line. Designed by electricians, they are packed with the latest innovations and time-saving features like large backlit displays, magnetic mounts and built-in work lights, and are rugged enough to handle any job.

Cloud standard could unlock vendor lock-in
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A new cloud computing standards effort begun by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. could unravel the gnarly problem of vendor lock-in, which keeps users tied to their service providers because portability of data and apps are currently pretty much impossible. Whether cloud vendors will welcome this move is another story. More

Are you talking to me?
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Yes, thanks to social media. And the best companies are listening. Established rules of communicating with customers are unraveling, driven by a shift in how we use the Internet. Emails and corporate websites are fast being replaced by Facebook and Twitter, where customers and employees alike have been liberated from the control of marketing and customer-service reps. More

Obama launches Justice Dept. task force to look into gas prices
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President Obama recently said the Justice Department will launch a new effort to probe oil markets for abuses that might be driving up gasoline prices. The initiative comes as rising pump prices have shot up the political agenda, prompting daily GOP attacks on Obama's energy policies, which Republicans say have stymied domestic production. More

3M MV survey for free Nascar hat
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If your company installs Medium Voltage (2KV - 46 KV) splices and terminations and you have not yet taken the following survey, 3M would still greatly value your response: Access the survey here. The next 70 respondents will receive a free Nascar hat and be entered into a drawing for a Greg Biffle signed Nascar die cast car and Nascar hat. Please fill out the survey by the end of the day Thursday. More
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