Zachary Alger

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The Problem With Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are all the rage these days. They’re wicked fast off the mark, they are nearly silent at low speeds and they are perceived as …

Politicians Love Burning Food For Fuel

Burning food for fuel does not sound like the best idea. However, that is precisely what U.S. ethanol policy requires. Though federal supports for ethanol have changed over the past decades, the disappointing results of the program—including the waste of motorists’ dollars—have continued. In what …

If You Have This Gene, Don’t Smoke Weed

The genes that predispose pot dependence are also linked to schizophrenia and depression.<p>According to new research, you don’t sit around in …

Earth - Legendary dinosaurs that we all imagine completely wrong

Like many children, I had a severe dinosaur phase. There was a period of my life when I cared more about prehistoric reptiles than pretty much anything else.<p>However, it turns out that much of what I thought I knew is wrong. That is because the prevailing image of dinosaurs has always been a little …

NASA to officially unveil its green rocket fuel project in Colorado this week

Since 2012, the folks over at NASA have been working on developing a high performance "green" rocket propellant it hoped to one day use as an alternative to the incredibly toxic hydrazine fuel currently in use. According to a press release published in August of 2012, the Washington D.C.-based …

Magic Mushrooms' Effects Illuminated in Brain Imaging Studies

Brain scans of people under the influence of the psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, have given scientists the most detailed …

Chrysler hit with $150 million verdict in Grand Cherokee fire death

A Georgia jury found Chrysler responsible for the fiery death of a 4-year old who was burned alive in Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in a 2012 accident.<p>The jury found that Chrysler showed "reckless or wanton disregard for human life in the design or sale" of the Grand Cherokee's gas tank, which …

Cracked Case: Egg Executives Get Jail for Salmonella Outbreak

Two former egg industry executives were sentenced to three months in jail Monday for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands.<p>Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, faced up to a year in jail on charges of shipping adulterated food. They will remain free …

Watchdog update: Nation's biggest furniture retailer drops flame retardants

The nation's largest furniture retailer is purging flame retardants from its product lines, the strongest evidence yet that the toxic, ineffective chemicals are on the way out of household couches and chairs.<p>In an emailed statement, Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture said its factories and outside …

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Sorry consumers, companies have little incentive to invest in better cybersecurity

Another month, another data breach, and another set of proposals for what is seemingly an intensifying cyberattack problem.<p>When we examine the evidence, though, the actual expenses from the recent and high-profile breaches at Sony, Target and Home Depot amount to less than 1% of each company’s …

The Perils Of Binge-Drinking, Conference Hookups, And Other Sleazy Work-Trip Behavior

New data says that over 25% of business travelers binge drink and over 10% of them pick up strangers. This is bad for the bottom line.<p>If you’ve ever been to a downtown bar after work to blow off some steam, you’ve probably come across a particular specimen of barfly know as the Sleazy Business …

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HSBC helped conceal $100 billion in Swiss accounts - report

Global banking giant HSBC for years catered to a motley crew of weapons dealers, tax evaders, tin-pot dictators and celebrities, using its private Swiss arm to shield accounts worth more than $100 billion.<p>Documents obtained and analyzed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists …

World of Warcraft's most-killed character finally gets his due

After a decade of death, Blizzard has awarded World of Warcraft’s most often killed NPC an impressive new title and, at last, a long-deserved rest.<p>Gamon is a cow-like Tauren who lives in the Horde faction capital of Orgrimmar. He began Warcraft as an innocent low-level citizen, and equally …

Study will make you question prices on travel websites

When searching for a flight or hotel room online, it's hard to know if you're getting the best price.<p>A new study from Northeastern University looked …

Canadian Pastafarian In Year-Long Fight To Wear Colander In License Pic

Respecting religious beliefs is a cornerstone of any modern society. Everyone has a right to wear whatever they want on their head in accordance to their private beliefs and the case of Obi Canuel vs. the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (essentially the BC DMV) is no exception.<p>You see Canuel is …

Pill Covered In Needles Injects You With Drugs From Inside Your Gut

Seems like a hard pill to swallow -- but actually, it's pretty easy<p>People who dread the sharp stab of an injection at the doctor's office may be in luck. A team of researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a capsule coated in needles for patients to swallow, enabling …

Wearable Drone Nixie Flies Up From Your Wrist

Watches are out; drones are in.<p>Sure, Apple's new smart watch brings smartphone features to users' wrists, but can it fly free and take video in the air? The Nixie, which has none of the features of a watch other than wrist-wearability, is a drone for people who like robots as fashion statements, as …

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Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

Do you value your bikey? Seatylock wantsy to helpy. This Brooklyn-based Kickstarter aims to help cyclists solve two perennial problems: the lack of solid, heavy-duty bike locks that are also portable and the tendency of snarfers to sniff and even steal bicycle seats.<p>The lock itself folds into the …

30 Little-Known Features of Popular Social Media Sites

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>When I first set foot in Disneyland, I race to the most famous rides first—Splash Mountain, the Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, all the biggest and best. Little do I know there are just as many hidden gems and overlooked attractions that I’ve likely …

Watch a robot cheetah run off its leash and into your nightmares

MIT's quadruped robot can travel up to 10 miles-per-hour and jump<p>Did you run this morning? Maybe you'll go for a jog after work. If you're looking to improve your speeds, you should imagine a robotic cheetah bearing down upon you. It's not as far fetched as it may seem. After several years of work, …

Adulthood is dead in American culture — and maybe that's a good thing

You may continue playing with your $500 electronic toys<p>In the early hours of September 11, 2014, adulthood gasped its final breath in an editorial by New York Times critic, A.O. Scott.<p>Scott's piece tracks the gradual deterioration of Americans' adulthood, the cultural rung meant to inspire the …

4 Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s | Inc.com

Numerous successful entrepreneurs have started companies at the beginning of their careers, toward the end of their professional lives, and anywhere in between. For many of us, circumstances trump careful strategic thought about the right moment. For those of you who have the luxury to choose, …

Google buys maker of smart spoon

Liftware spoon compensates for Parkinson's tremors<p>Google has purchased the biotech startup Lift Labs, the makers of an electronic spoon that helps people with Parkinson's to eat by making small movements to compensate for tremors. The startup will be joining Google X, and it'll continue to sell its …

Reddit is a failed state

The "front page of the internet" is run by warlords<p>As Reddit trips over itself trying to contain its stolen nude photo problem, CEO Yishan Wong finally addressed the controversy on Saturday by releasing a remarkably clueless manifesto. Reddit, he wrote, is "not just a company running a website …

10 Techniques to Help You Change Your Life | Inc.com

Making positive change is hard. Just how hard? So difficult that millions of Americans persist with terribly unhealthy behavior, facing ill health or serious financial difficulty as a result, rather than change their habits.<p>A challenge as difficult as changing your life for the better demands help …

6 Google Analytics tools your company probably isn’t using but should

Google Analytics is a powerful and free service that businesses often use to measure the effectiveness of their online marketing campaigns. The system is genuinely intuitive and offers many services that businesses have used since it first debuted.<p>Many companies use Google Analytics for these more …

Watch MIT's Atlas humanoid robot drag a metal pillar like it's nothing

We're interrupting your regularly scheduled programming full of cute, service robots to bring you the latest update on Boston Dynamics' terrifying humanoid machine: Atlas. A group of MIT researchers have been working to refine their Atlas unit's capabilities since 2013 for DARPA's Robotics …

Back to School 2014: The 13 best accessories

Once you've figured out your laptop and smartphone situation, chances are you'll want to invest in a nice backpack or a few extras to make the dorm room feel like home. Our back-to-school accessories picks are a perfect mix of necessities and extravagant nice-to-haves. Check them out below, and …

Smartphones are about to get awesome again

Smartphones. They’re all just a bunch of undifferentiated rectangles, right? You’d be forgiven for feeling a little jaded about the rate of innovation in smartphones over the past couple of years. A 4-inch iPhone still dominates the consumer landscape, HTC is still designing beautiful but flawed …