Charles Lumpkin

25 Added | 1 Magazine | 3 Likes | 8 Following | 11 Followers | @charleslumpkin | Keep up with Charles Lumpkin on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Charles Lumpkin”

NASA: California Has One Year of Water Left

Plagued by prolonged drought, California now has only enough water to get it through the next year, according to NASA.<p>In an op-ed published Thursday …

Vertical farm can make 44,000 pounds of tomatoes on the side of a parking lot

Project lets Wyoming town keep growing food all year long<p>The Wyoming town of Jackson gets long and bitter winters. One mile above sea level in a landlocked state, months of heavy snow leave the town unable to grow much of its own produce, forcing it to import fresh fruit and vegetables from other …

Aquaponics

Confirmed: Starbucks knows the next hot neighborhood before everybody else does

What fuels gentrification? The answer is the same thing that fuels the rest of us: coffee.<p>But not just any old cup o’ joe.<p>Starbucks, the iconic coffee roaster and retailer, has grown into a $15 billion company, with more than 19,000 locations in more than 60 countries. You can spot that familiar …

Real Estate

Wood Pellets Are Big Business (And For Some, a Big Worry)

It’s a good time to be in the American wood pellet business. Dozens of manufacturers, increasingly concentrated in the Southeast, are now approaching production of 10 million annual short tons of wood pellets — ostensibly made from the leftovers at lumber mills or from the branches, slash and other …

Fossil Fuels

Will Technology Make Truck Drivers Obsolete In 10 Years?

Being a teamster is probably not the easiest of jobs. You work long hours, often with unpredictable schedules and stay long periods away from home. Still, it pays the bills, and for millions of Americans, it’s a way to make a decent living.<p>Unfortunately, it is also one of many activities that is …

Autonomous Cars

Barbarians at the farm gate

IN THE next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food than they did in the previous 10,000 put together. But with sprawling cities gobbling up …

Private Equity

The Scientific Breakthrough That Will Completely Change The Electric Vehicle Market

The electric vehicle could get a major boost if battery technology takes a leap forward.<p>From an research perspective, the drive to build high-density …

Electric Vehicles

See invisible motion, hear silent sounds

Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video …

APIs

2015: The Year Virtual Reality Finally Reaches Living Rooms

A handful of VR devices will soon make their way to consumers<p>In the first virtual reality (VR) boom in the 1990s, there were few bigger fans than Jeffrey Travis. The engineer and filmmaker had been waiting for the day he could don a virtual jetpack and explore a virtual world. Then he actually …

Virtual Reality

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

Architecture

Drive-by identification of energy-leaking homes

MIT researchers developed a compact thermal-imaging rig that mounts to the roof of cars to detect energy leaks in homes and other buildings as they …

Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.<p>The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki …

Bill Gates

At CES And Beyond, It's The End Of The Car As We Know It

Apologies to REM for borrowing the band’s song title, but I’ve never been more convinced that the car is undergoing a dramatic transformation courtesy of technology. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas is the prime place to witness this metamorphosis of the …

Autonomous Cars

Movie Attendance Has Been On A Dismal Decline Since The 1940s

This week the numbers for 2014 movie attendance came in, and they don't look so great. Less and less people are going out to the movies, and the number of moviegoers hit a record low this year in North America, the lowest it has been in two decades. But, unfortunately low attendance has become …

Film Industry

Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink's Two Decades of Broken Promises.

See: <i>"The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net"</i> for all of the gory details.<p>This chart is the commitment, the "promise" of a digital future vs what was "delivered", the reality of the deployment of fiber optic broadband (or higher-speed services) in America by the …

Telecoms

The Economists Who Studied All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

"If it costs more, does it taste better?" and other financial questions about restaurants that permit unlimited consumption.<p>When I was a kid, the paradox of choice didn't occur to me. I wasn't yet overwhelmed by the "tyranny" of too many options, nor stressed with decision making if more options …

The Chance of a Collision in Outer Space Is Practically Zilch

The universe is full of wonder, and a whole lot of nothingness.<p>Here’s a question: If you could fly a spacecraft from one end of the galaxy all the way to the other, in a straight line, what are the chances you’d make it through without hitting anything?<p>That’s the scenario Reddit user bigri23 put …

This Electric Bike Folds Up To Fit Inside Your Backpack

There goes your last excuse for not biking to work.<p>Most folding bikes are still fairly large even when they’re folded up, and they’re awkward to carry on a crowded subway car or elevator. Folding electric bikes are even bulkier. But the Impossible Bike, a new electric bike now crowdfunding on …

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels

In Xiaolin Zheng's version of the future, installing solar panels could be as simple as applying a sticker.<p><i>Editor's Note: Xiaolin Zheng is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and</i> …

Chances Are, the Clothes You’re Wearing Right Now Have Been Washed in Tide

Assuming you're not naked as you read this, there's a 40 percent chance that whatever you're wearing has been washed in the last week, and a 38 …

Advertising Industry

World’s largest study on gay parents finds the kids are more than all right

According to the report, the children of gay parents are doing equally well or better than the national average<p>According to preliminary findings from the world's largest study on the issue, the children of gay parents are doing equally well or better than the children of straight parents on a …