Powered by Earth’s Most Ubiquitous Substance: Cola

Is Coke the most ubiquitous substance on Earth? You can find Coca-Cola or Pepsi just about anywhere on the planet. In war-torn places like Gaza and Burma, from the highest villages in the Himalayas to the most remote…


Motivated By The Impossible- flying around the world on solar-power

Circumnavigating the Earth in a hot-air balloon was just an opening act. For his next feat, to begin the new decade, adventurer Bertrand Piccard is motivated by what seems impossible. In this presentation from TED, Piccard (the…


Can a YouTube video shape Climate Change debate?

Can a YouTube video help shape the debate surrounding Climate Change? The issue of whether climate change is caused by humans seems to provoke emotional responses from both sides. With deniers and doomsday predictors…

Rented Christmas Trees


Greener Christmas? Rent a tree!

Unnerved by the sight of post-Christmas trees heading en masse to the wood chipper, Scott Martin, Los Angeles-based landscape architect, saw a business opportunity and a chance to make Christmas a little greener. As Jennifer Steinhauer

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NYT: Ninth Annual Year In Ideas

It’s that time of year again- when “Top lists” and “Best Picks” start popping up. We actually like sifting through those things, but we’ll forgive you for having “List” overload. One list we do recommend is the


Knowledge We Didn’t Know We Knew

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo. It’s nice to be reminded that we’re smarter than we know. In the above clip, from this…