The Sage live from Omaha as part of the Office Hours series. G’head you know you have a question for him.
There are a lot of roads just sitting there in the sun, doing nothing with all that energy. Why not use them to collect it? Introducing the Solar Roadway, a road built out of solar panels.
The road is made of three parts: a hard-wearing translucent top-layer with the solar cells, LED lights (for road markings) and a heating element (to keep off snow and ice); an electronics layer to control lighting and communications; and a base plate layer that distributes power to nearby homes and businesses (and perhaps electric vehicle charging stations). Plus, there’s a channel at the edge to collect and filter run-off water (including anti-freeze and other chemicals that normally leeches into the ground).
9 out of 10 American’s are completely wrong about how money is distributed in the U.S.A.
wow! This video by Upworthy will make you think twice about money!
How much did you pay for your car? The Coren, by UBC, is a $32,000 fixed gear bike made from carbon fiber.
How much money would you save if you worked from home? A new tool looks at various factors about you, your commute, and your company—and can spit back a usually jaw-dropping number about how much money you would keep in your pocket if your work arrangement got more flexible.
Are you making money renting your apartment on Airbnb? You’re a Micro-Entrepreneur. As more and more services let people monetize their own assets and knowledge, it’s creating a new sector of the economy.
A breakdown of what the average American household buys, based on government data (PDF) for December, 2011.
We didn’t include everything, but we included the biggies, as well as some smaller categories that caught our eye.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / Planet Money
Dear average Americans, please spend more on books, magazines, and newspapers and less on alcohol. Your friend, Newsweek.
We second that emotion, but can we start with lowering the utilities bill first? Signed, Fast Company
Today, Paypal announced PayPal Here, a triangle-shaped mobile creditcard-swiping gadget aimed directly at Jack Dorsey’s reader, Square. And, just like Square, they’re aiming to convert customers with the power of their design: They tapped Fuseproject, the firm run by Yves Behar and a darling among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, to create the object.
PayPal redesigned and re-architected its payment system for the first time in 13 years. Here’s a look at what they’re offering — the grace period sure sounds nice.
A Never Before Seen Optical Trick Creates Ultra-Secure Cash
Imagine a bill covered with microscopic holes that caused it to glow slightly in the light. It’s tech borrowed from a butterfly, and it may soon be foiling counterfeiters around the world.
Could Better Design Reform the Banking Industry?
The government just unveiled a prototype of a new clear and readable credit card agreement, with the goal of making sure people understand what they’re getting into when they get a new card.
I barely even look at new credit card offers any more, they are all such a mess.
First Look: BankSimple’s iPhone App Aims To Reimagine Your Money
A New Yorker writer implies he found Bitcoin’s mysterious creator. We think he got the wrong man, and offer far more compelling evidence that points to someone else entirely.
At the Personal Democracy Forum conference in New York City yesterday, the Sunlight Foundation, a D.C. nonprofit fighting for government transparency, unveiled a new Gmail plugin they call Inbox Influence. The nifty little program scans public records to show you the political contributions made or received by the people and organizations who send you emails every day. Is your new boss a Paul Ryan-ite? Is that little “neighborhood” group funded by the Koch brothers? Did your Match.com date write a bunch of checks to Anthony Weiner? Now you can find out!