Surprising Biofuels

McDonald’s used fryer grease? Alaska Air might want it. On 75 commercial flights, they will partially fill their tanks with biofuels that contain used cooking oil. Selecting algae for its biofuel blend, United flew from Houston to Chicago on its…

The Future of Oil

When will we run out of oil? A room full of pistachios might have the answer. In the first several pages of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, a teacher says you have been given a room filled 5 feet…

Frozen Jeans

Being a responsible citizen of the earth might mean freezing your jeans. According to Levi’s, one pair of jeans, from its inception in the cotton field to its demise in the recycling bin, uses over 900 gallons of water. To…

More Sole Rights

Should a musician be happy with file-sharing and piracy? Maybe. According to a recent study of counterfeits, certain businesses should welcome “fakes.” The study looked at counterfeit footwear from China. Sold in the U.S., the fakes affected the real thing…

Will We Have Enough Food in 2050?

The world is getting richer. And richer people eat more meat. And the animals they eat consume more food. Also, everyday, the world has more people. The bottom line? According to a study from Nature, we have to double the…

Peanuts or Cotton?

Farmers decided to plant fewer peanuts when cotton prices soared. The result? Now peanut prices are skyrocketing. Here is the story. Perhaps it all began with higher cotton prices. Responding, peanut farmers switched some acreage to cotton. Combine that decision…

Paying the Simpsons

Rather than accept a 45% salary cut, the voices of Bart, Homer, Marge and Lisa have said this might be their last season. Reportedly paying close to $8 million a season to each of the major voices, 20th Century Fox…

A Surprising Car Fact

2 car price facts: A car whose mileage is 79,900 will cost approximately $10 less than one with 79,800. A car whose mileage is 80,000 will cost approximately $210 less than one with 79,900. For both, the rise was 100…

Oil Worries?

Have you ever heard of Hubbert’s Peak?  No, it is not a mountain. Hubbert’s Peak refers to our oil supply. In 1956, Marion King Hubbert warned us that U.S. oil production would peak within 15 years. And, the only direction…

Chinese Pork

The Chinese might be dipping into their Strategic Pork Reserve. Faced with a 57% increase in pork prices, the Financial Times tells us that the Chinese will be “rushing” extra pigs to market to lower the price. Higher feed prices…