Green Signals

When “green” is valued, hybrid car sales will be high. But here is the interesting part. When green is valued, looking “green” sometimes can be more important than being “…

Smog-Eaters

What if someone had invented “smog-eating” concrete roof tiles? And, what if these tiles consumed enough smog to offset one car’s nitrous oxide emissions during one year (10,800 mile…

Big Boxes

What we ship things in makes a difference. Take the banana, for example. In 1876, at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the banana was a delicacy (and very black). Millions of bunches could only …

Powerful Women

Lady Gaga is #7. Yes, according to a 2010 Forbes list of the most powerful women in the world, Lady Gaga’s power is surpassed by just 6 other women: Michelle Obama, Irene Rosenfeld (Kr…

Common Markets

Kenyan coffee exporters have a problem at the Tanzanian border. “On the Kenyan side they operate 24 hours a day, but on the Tanzanian side it’s 12 …We have had drivers standing at th…

Trivial Pursuits

Playing Scrabble in a bar, Canadian journalist Chris Haney and a sports reporter friend thought they could do better. Within an hour, during December, 1979, the two created the idea for Trivial Pursui…

From Mill to Obama

Yesterday, President Obama briefly said that some salaries on Wall Street were more than anyone should earn.  Approximately 160 years ago, John Stuart Mill responded by saying that he wanted to e…

The Ties That Bind Us

Although Nairobi and London are 4228 miles apart, they actually are closely connected. The NY Times described the tie that was cut by volcanic ash. Kenyans supply gourmet vegetables and cut flowers to…

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