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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). 
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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). 

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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.

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.

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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

newsweek:

planetmoney:

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.
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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.

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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.

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.

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.

New Gmail Plug-In Tracks Cash, Political Leanings Of Your Friends And Spammers

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!

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New Gmail Plug-In Tracks Cash, Political Leanings Of Your Friends And Spammers

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!

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