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Ocean Trash: 5.25 Trillion Pieces and Counting, but Big Questions Remain

The numbers add up to trouble for the oceans, wildlife, and us, but scientists are struggling to understand how.<p>The numbers are staggering: There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per …

Welcome To The Maker-Industrial Revolution

How General Electric, Local Motors, and an army of DIY inventors are rebuilding American manufacturing<p>This past February, in a nondescript industrial building near downtown Louisville, Kentucky, a few executives from GE Appliances set out to stage the division’s first hackathon. Louisville is home …

Manufacturing

From Broccoli Leaves to Kalettes, New Vegetables to Cook and Grow in 2015

As both a vegetable farmer and a cookbook author (<i>Fresh From the Farm</i>), I get pretty excited about new vegetable varieties. We have our market favorites we grow every year, but we always try something new--or at least new to us, or a little out of the ordinary. Things like Peppermint Swiss Chard; …

Healthy Eating
Airplanes

NASA’s Orion spacecraft could make ‘Interstellar’ a reality

Christopher Nolan’s epic movie “Interstellar” is set to open next week…but already NASA’s Orion spacecraft is well on its way to making this sort of space exploration beyond the Moon a reality.<p>In the movie, a group of explorers break through current limitations on human space travel and traverse …

How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility

Until recently, electric superchargers may as well have been perpetual motion machines. Thanks to motorsport and advancement in power storage technologies, they're now close to hitting the road.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Chris Philpot)</i><p>Until recently, electric superchargers might as well have been perpetual …