Details of the Secret Senate Health Care Bill Have Leaked

After keeping the Senate healthcare bill secret even from Republican Senators in the so-called health care working group, Senator Mitch McConnell promised to release a discussion draft of the bill Thursday morning ahead of a potential vote next week. But by Wednesday evening details of the bill had leaked. According to The Washington Post, much like the American … Continued

Microsoft Wants To Take Our Data Where It’s Never Been Before

As Internet access spreads across the planet, technology companies are engaging in a land grab to build data centers to house all the information we create and share. But land is limited, so where do we go from here? Microsoft’s Project Natick is trying to solve this problem.

The Future of Transportation Is Closer Than You Think

[DIGEST: CNNMoney, skyTran, FastCoExist] A NASA Space Act company called skyTran, based in California, is closer than ever to making an efficient, sustainable and safe form of transportation a reality. The company’s patented overhead transportation system uses maglev (magnetic levitation) technology to transport passenger “cars” while emitting virtually no pollution. The computer-controlled, two-person vehicles run … Continued

SolaRoad is Producing More Energy Than Expected

The world’s first solar road, located in the Netherlands, has only been open for six months but is already producing more energy than expected. SolaRoad has produced over 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy since opening in November 2014, according to Think Progress. The spokesman for this public-private partnership project, Stan de Wit, spoke of its success in … Continued

Environmentalism’s Dirty Secret

“Conservation will never work. Recycling will never work. None of the stuff we’re talking about will ever work, because we are too afraid to talk about the thing that matters.” This was the candid assessment, conveyed privately to me over dinner, by a biochemistry research scientist (who prefers his name not be mentioned). He has … Continued

Can the Developed World Go Package-Free?

Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski are turning over a new leaf in the way consumers shop for groceries. With strong skepticism for colorful packaging or gimmick marketing, these two left university on a mission to repackage supermarkets across the globe. Located in Berlin’s Friedrichshain Kreuzberg district, Original Unverpackt (Original Unpacked) is their brainchild–and Germany’s first package-free supermarket. Their crowdfunding … Continued

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