This morning, my commute to work took an hour and forty minutes. Most was spent on the Route 128 beltway outside of Boston. One twenty eight was once informally referred to as "America’s Technology Highway," but I more think of it as America’s largest parking lot.
As I podded along at 2 MPH amid thousands of other unhappy campers, I looked at each lane and envisioned a set of railroad tracks, shuttling commuters around boston instead of into it. Various stations would dot the ring and there, commuters would be ferried to their office building by shuttles and vans.
With gasoline tipping $3 a gallon and strained oil supplies, I thought what a waste of a precious resource. Cars going nowhere and burning gaseline is something beyond a colossal waste. It’s nuts. It’s insane. It’s lunacy.
Meanwhile, the story on NPR is how Congress is failing to pass a comprehensive energy bill. Translation: our politicians are failing us. What is it going to take – $20 a gallon gasoline? If so, so be it.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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