Nonfiction

How Caffeine Can Kill Productivity

How Caffeine Can Kill Productivity

Manly apes never needed caffeine to bring home the bacon, while modern humans sit at desks, harnessing synthetic “fight or flight” to overpower email and rush reports.

My dream: to be able to drive a virus-powered car — Angela Belcher

My dream: to be able to drive a virus-powered car — Angela Belcher

Angela Belcher’s TED Talk presentation is anything but a fluff piece. However, her discussion reveals the kind of exciting scientific discovery driving the future of sustainable energy. Clean, renewable energy awaits a society with the vision and willingness to invest in green technology. We boast some of the sharpest scientific minds on the planet. By no coincidence, many have focused their R&D efforts on finding solutions for an Earth that cannot indefinitely endure environmental damage from greenhouse gasses and global warming.

Knee Power May Run Our Mobile Devices

Is this the beginning of the end for batteries? Researchers in the UK have invented a power generating device that straps to your leg and harvests electricity through the motion of your knees. The biomechanical energy harvester could signal the eventual end of our dependence on batteries to power our mobile electronics, in addition to […]

Romney: Fossilized Ideas in a Climate of Change

Romney has reinvented himself as the Ron Popeil of fossil fuels, touting them as our best bet to stimulate economic growth. Few people argued with this thinking fifty years ago, but our collective carbon footprint has created massive environmental damage that could jeopardize our very existence.

Mitt Romney’s Quest for a Strong Political Identity

Romney’s attempts to attract a Conservative base may drive the future of America’s domestic and foreign policies. Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, now dismisses the very reforms he brought into law as Governor of Massachusetts. His campaign has placed all bets on a platform that seeks approval from a very conservative audience. “He who controls […]

Earth’s Renewable Energy Investment Topped $257 Billion for 2011

Earth’s Renewable Energy Investment Topped $257 Billion for 2011

Yes, we still have our share of global-warming refuseniks who espouse the “Science of Truthiness” to champion their brand of apathy. But their influence finds refuge at the fringe of public discourse. They grow ever more irrelevant to an audience that regularly complains about unusually hot summers, record snowfalls, and other erratic weather patterns. Skeptics who previously resisted hard data, found no difficulty believing their own eyes when record setting snowfalls forced FEMA to declare a state of emergency for Washington D.C. and the Mid Atlantic in February of 2010.

Cap and Trade and The Triumph of Bipartisan Politics

Cap and Trade and The Triumph of Bipartisan Politics

Back in the 70’s, long before sustainability became synonymous with survival, people who sought to champion environmental causes endured a lot of stigma. Remember the old stereotypes regarding godless hippie Communist tree-huggers? Well, a lot of these folks graduated from college to become movers and shakers who began advocating the policies that now comprise Cap and Trade.