Michael J Badger

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This is what happens when you leave McDonald’s food out for 2 years

A doctor in the Detroit area claims the hamburger, fries and Taco Bell taco have not begun to decompose<p>When Morgan Spurlock's documentary "Super Size Me" came out in 2004, our worst fears about fast food were confirmed. Never before had we seen someone become physically ill just from eating …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Beyond the Cliche: Why Efficiency Needs Success Stories, Not Catchphrases

The term "low-hanging fruit" has become a rapacious weed in energy and environment circles. But it’s not the only catchphrase taking over our …

Top 5 Smart Grid Trends of 2014

At first glance, 2014 wasn’t such a great year in the world of smart grid, with slowdowns in deployment of smart meters, distribution automation and …

These Rooftop Solar Panels Double As Extra Housing For Crowded Cities

In Frankfurt, Germany, a team of students has found a new way to make buildings “climate neutral” without raising rents: Build a new rooftop apartment with each installation.<p>The usual way to add solar power to a building is just to attach some panels to the roof. But a new design goes a step …

Housing

These Floating Vertical Farms Are Designed To Bring Local Food To The Densest Urban Areas

A system of floating towers could provide more room for agriculture in places where farms won’t fit.<p>As one of the densest countries in the world, with nearly 20,000 people per square mile, Singapore doesn’t really have room for farms. Almost all of the food there is imported from …

This Electric Bicycle Could Be The Future Of Transportation

The bike wasn't just moving, it was <i>pushing</i>, adding extra propulsion to my own pedaling, giving me a boost with every revolution of the pedals. Faster than expected, I reached the end of a quiet block leaning into a corner. I took a straightaway for a few blocks and pushed 20 miles an hour without …

Electric Vehicles

Can Doctors Teach the Body to Cure Cancer?

Increasingly, doctors are using their patients' own immune systems as valuable weapons against the disease.<p>What if the path to curing cancer has been part of the body all along?<p>For generations the three pillars of cancer treatment have been surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But both …

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time

The H2Pro turns dirty water and sunlight to clean water and power. What were you doing when you were 17?<p>Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don’t have clean drinking water also don’t have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both …

Snorkeling

GPS is Tracking West’s Vanishing Water, Scientists Surprised to Learn

Scientists discover that GPS can measure how much water has disappeared from the West. It’s a bucketload.<p>Throughout the western United States, a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) stations has been monitoring tiny movements in the Earth's crust, collecting data that can warn of developing …

$15 Billion Bee Murder Mystery Deepens

In 2006, once thriving bee colonies across America suddenly vanished, leaving behind empty beehives. The bodies of the bees were never found. Scientists soon gave a name to the mysterious phenomenon: colony collapse disorder (CCD).<p>From 2006 to 2009, over one-third of beekeepers reported colonies …

The High-Tech Headband That Can Make Your Stressed Brain Happy Again

Muse is wearable technology, but it doesn’t create mind-blowing experiences. Just the opposite. Muse is a brain sensing headband that measures how overwhelmed your brain is from everything life throws at it — and it helps calm your mind and rid yourself of unproductive and unhealthy stress. This is …

This Grocery Store In Berlin Will Have Zero Packaging

Original Unpacked won’t have any plastic containers or paper wrapping–but tell that to the line of other package-free grocery stores that have tried that, and failed.<p>Walk down the aisles of a typical grocery store, and basically everything is in a package–in some stores, even the produce is …

Sustainability

The Solar-Powered Airplane That Can Fly Forever Makes Its First Flight

The Solar Impulse 2 took 50 engineers, 80 technological partners, and 100 technical advisors 12 years to conceptualize, design, and build. All of their work culminated in this week's two hour-long test flight.

This Little Pill Can Tell You When Your Water’s Bad And Your Meat’s Rotten

The same type of technology used to make minty-fresh breath strips melt on your tongue could soon be used to detect dangerous contaminants in water.<p>At first, minty-fresh breath strips vowed to transform the way people prepared for a make-out session. But researchers say that the sugary, flexible …

10 Food and Drink Companies That Are Making Climate Change Worse

The ‘big 10’ global food and drink companies together emit more greenhouse gases than the Nordic countries and would rank as the 25th most polluting …

What managers do at a company that’s trying to replace them with software

The enterprise software company Asana manages to serve multi-billion-dollar startups such as Airbnb, Uber, Dropbox and Pinterest with only 65 employees. That’s because streamlining workflow is what the company, whose motto is “Teamwork without email,” is designed to do.<p>The company, founded by the …

Project Management

Heal Yourself By Harnessing Your Mind - The Crux

By Jo Marchant | May 23, 2014 10:48 am<p>We tend to think of medicine as being all about pills and potions recommended to us by another person—a doctor. …

The 'Miracle' Berry That Could Replace Sugar

Miracle fruit contains a protein called miraculin that tastes sweet enough to replicate the effect of sugar. Why isn't it widely used as a healthy sweetener?<p>Of all our senses, taste is the one that people associate most strongly with expectations of pleasure. But indulgence comes at a cost. Almost …

Solar Roadways Launches Popular Funding Campaign on Indiegogo | Inc.com

It takes a lot to be impressive on Indiegogo and other crowdfunding sites.<p>After all, Canonical's Ubuntu raised close to $13 million for for a hybrid smart phone that could double as a desktop OS in 2013. A year earlier, smartwatch maker Pebble snatched up $10 million from Kickstarter, smashing all …

Roads

Forget big suburban campuses, innovative corporations are moving downtown

As of 2009, the majority of people across the globe lives in cities and by 2050 that share is expected to reach 70%. In mature and emerging economies alike, cities are the engines of the global economy—in 2011, just the 300 largest metro areas accounted for 48% of total global output.<p>The growth of …

Innovation

Could Personalized Food Labels Help You Eat Better?

Nutrition is a dubious science, which varies per our personal make-up. So why do we share the same FDA label?<p>Nutrition is a slippery science, full of research that is constantly debunked by more research. We’re left largely confused, pondering whether “ vitamins are good for you” or “whether eating …

Jackie Savitz: Save the oceans, feed the world!

Rives: The Museum of Four in the Morning

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Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free - The Atlantic

To whom it may concern:<p>I have always loved humor and laughter. As a young engineer I got an impulse to start a Dial-a-Joke in the San Jose/San Francisco area. I was aware of such humor services in other countries, such as Australia. This idea came from my belief in laughter. I could scarcely …