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-- Thermo Tech Technologies Inc., a Canadian waste-management company, is poised to become a major player in organic recycling. In late March, the company announced plans for its first U.S. plant, to be located in Detroit, as well as facilities in Europe and Southeast Asia. The company's system uses microbes to convert organic food waste and sludge into high-energy feed supplements and soil fertilizers.

-- For the first time ever, revenues from sales of digital cameras, estimated to reach $1.9 billion by yearend, will surpass those of traditional film cameras. That's cause for concern among film makers, including Eastman Kodak Co. and Japan's Fuji Photo Film Co. Corporate execs are adamant that camera film won't disappear in the near future. Still, to hedge their bets, each has developed its own line of disposable products. And Kodak last year introduced its first photo-quality inkjet printer to challenge rival Hewlett-Packard Co.

-- Today's laptops and handheld devices use liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) to project light from an interior bulb onto the screen of the device. The problem is the process wastes a lot of battery power. A Cleveland company, Trivium Technologies Inc., may have a solution. It has developed a novel thin-polymer film that brightens the screens of handhelds by 400% and doubles battery life. The company plans to introduce a commercial version by 2001.Edited by Adam Aston


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