Where Einstein Meets Edison

Microbial Fuel Cells: A Potential Platform for the New Decade

Microbial Fuel Cells: A Potential Platform for the New Decade

Sep 14, 2010

From the rise of social media and hybrid cars to the completion of the Human Genome Project, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs have made great strides over the last decade. We should be proud. Yet, despite our successes, we solved so few of the developing world’s most pertinent problems. Nearly half of the world’s population, more than 3 billion...

What’s the Big Deal?

What’s the Big Deal?

May 13, 2010

Subscribe to Yipit and Find Out. Deal aggregation sites, such as the four-month old Yipit, are poised to democratize the young and rapidly expanding daily deal industry. Daily deals, 50%+ discounts on local goods and services negotiated by third party websites and e-mailed to subscribers each morning, have exploded in popularity over the last year and half. In...

Kremerian Patent Buyouts: Why We Are Still Intrigued After 13 Years and Why They Cannot Work

Kremerian Patent Buyouts: Why We Are Still Intrigued After 13 Years and Why They Cannot Work

Mar 14, 2010

In 1997 Prof. Michael Kremer, then an Associate Professor of Economics at MIT, proposed a radical scheme to replace the intellectual property system in the United States. Eschewing the principle that “Inventors [have] the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries” for a limited period of time, as put forth in the U.S. Constitution,...

The Interaction Hierarchy: A Theory of Technical Standards and Regulations

The Interaction Hierarchy: A Theory of Technical Standards and Regulations

Feb 28, 2010

Standards and regulations are at the very core of what makes us human. Without standard interactions and methods of communication, what we now consider “society” could never have developed. Nonetheless, we are constantly innovating, creating new products and processes that do not yet have standard parts or regulated interactions. This leads to one of the...