Business & Technology

Business & Technology

Earth to Apple: Think different about profits

Our post on Apple's profits mislabeled its pie charts. But the point -- that Apple's pie is big enough to give Chinese workers some slack -- stands.

Renewable Energy

Mad Rush: Limbaugh claims solar and wind industries don’t exist

Rush Limbaugh declares that the multi-billion-dollar solar and wind industries simply don't exist.

Business & Technology

Batteries could make power grid unnecessary in some countries

Aquion specializes in making large batteries, cheaply. They don’t look like much -- they live in a former TV factory outside Pittsburgh, and you'll probably never buy any of their products.

Infrastructure

A road made of crushed toilets

"Poticrete" is what Bellingham, Washington is calling their new road material, which incorporates ground-up toilets. Clever!

Climate Change

Why climate change is irrelevant to clean energy

Maggie Koerth-Baker, science editor at BoingBoing, has written a book. Here’s the basic idea: In America at least, if we want to get anything done on clean energy, we have to divorce it from conversations about climate change.

Business & Technology

Levitating houses stay safe during earthquakes

A Japanese company called Air Danshin Systems can make houses fly. Not all the time, and not for particularly long. But when it counts — …

Transportation

High gas prices? Whatevs — my phone gets me where I want to go

Given the choice between a car and a smartphone, young people increasingly opt for the phone. Why? Owning a car is sooooo last century. Plus, a phone is increasingly the best way to get around.

Climate Change

Myhrvold: 50 simple things won’t fix the climate — but a few complex things might

Nathan Myhrvold responds to follow-up questions about his paper that found that the transition to carbon-free energy must begin immediately.

Business & Technology

Why your iThings don’t have to be weCruel

Does Apple really have no choice but to build your iPad and iPhone unsustainably, exploiting workers and resources? Not once you realize how the devices' costs break down.