Business & Technology

Living

How old is your phone? I bet mine is older

Planned obsolescence is morphing into desired obsolescence: Customers want gadgets to wear out so they'll have a good excuse to buy a new one. But some of us cheapskates aren't playing along.

Industrial Agriculture

Sorry, NY Times: GMOs still won't save the world

Nina Federoff touts GMOs in The New York Times. But after more than 15 years of commercialized GMOs, we know not to believe the promises any longer.

Urban Agriculture

Airport beekeeping project is a win-win-win

A new project raises bees on undeveloped land near O'Hare Airport, trains ex-convicts in beekeeping, and sells the resulting honey and beeswax.

Business & Technology

Google's open-source, wireless, smartphone-controlled lightbulb

Google continues to roll out new details about its wirelessly-controlled “smart” lightbulb, which gets around all the problems usually associated with making a home energy-aware. The latest: the company is working on open-source software that will run on the lightbulbs …

Business & Technology

Why Michele Bachmann thinks she can get gas under $2 a gallon

Michele Bachmann isn't crazy -- she's just horribly misinformed. At least in this particular instance: When Bachmann promised that if she became president, gas would be under $2 a gallon, her statement was entirely consistent with the voodoo alternate energy …

Biofuel

Ethanol is now a matter of national security

Two steps forward, one step back: Congress cuts two ethanol subsidies worth billions, but the White House redirects $510 million to power the military's ships and aircraft with corn-sourced biofuels.

Food Safety

Honey laundering: tainted and counterfeit Chinese honey floods into the U.S.

A third of the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals, according to a blockbuster story in Food Safety News.

Business & Technology

Infographic: How many jobs would solar create?

Stronger solar policies could create over 100,000 jobs in just a few years, according to this (excerpted) infographic from One Block Off the Grid. That's not a lot, proportional to the unemployment crisis, but given that CERTAIN PEOPLE are always talking …

Business & Technology

'Skypump' let's you fill 'er up — with wind

Got an electric car? And some wind? Then this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship, if you add in the Sanya Skypump for a horsepower three-way. Sure, you might think putting a wind turbine on an electric car charging …