Deutschland Devours the Last of Its 100-Watt Incandescent Bulbs

Some hoarding on eve of European ban on some incandescents

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Deutschland Devours the Last of Its 100-Watt Incandescent Bulbs

Eurobulb sign Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AP Photo

5 October 2010—Sales of efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) rose by an aggregate of 30 percent across Europe from September 2009 through December 2009 following the first phase of a continent-wide ban on the sale of traditional incandescent bulbs, according to figures from GfK, a market research firm in Nuremberg, Germany.

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

10 min read
University of Florida

What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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