Micro-Apartments

An iPad turns on the lights, the shower is a futuristic sounding vertical tube near the door and the bed becomes seating.  Occupying 161 square feet, this Dongguan, China micro-apartment is the size o…

Vaccine Dilemmas

Let’s try to make one federal budget decision. Who should receive the meningococcal vaccine? Debating the issue, we should be sure to remember pharmaceutical companies, the vaccine’s recip…

The Crawler

The fuel economy window sticker for this vehicle would say 1 gallon per 32 feet. Called the crawler, it travels on a roadway 3.5 miles long, could carry 18 million pounds, and moves no faster than 2 m…

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…

Watson Wins

Playing against Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Watson, the IBM computer won. Imagine three podiums. One is labeled Ken, the middle one Watson, and the third one, Brad. IBM assured every…

Grandma and the City

In the U.S. 81% of us live in a city. Saying that cities generate more wealth, productivity and innovation, Brookings’ Research Director Alan Berube and Harvard’s Edward Glaeser applaud ur…

Environmental Dilemmas

It’s the same question. Economic development or conservation? During April, the headline said, “Uganda Seeks to Reconcile Oil-Nature.” Now, in Tanzania, “Proposed Serengeti Hig…

Obesity Concerns

The new vending machine at a Mason, Ohio high school only sells carrots. At 50 cents a bag, “they are selling like hotcakes”. Is it because the baby carrot video ads are amazing or that no…

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