Making JSTOR into a public treasure

Michael Giberson Grant McCracken cries out: “JSTOR, get out of the way!” [T]his stuff is bought and paid for. It is time to release it into the public domain. Surely, there is a university server somewhere that would assume the costs. Google, I am quite sure, would be willing to shoulder the burden. The fact … More Making JSTOR into a public treasureMore Making JSTOR into a public treasure

Price gouging laws: emotions, economics, and policy

Michael Giberson Julio J. Rotemberg has a paper out about emotional reactions to prices and their policy implications. (“Behavioral aspects of price setting, and their policy implications.”) I think he is working on some interesting issues, but he comes up with such lousy “policy implications” at the end of the article that it ruined it … More Price gouging laws: emotions, economics, and policy

The L Prize: A prize for lighting innovation

Lynne Kiesling As authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced the Bright Tomorrow Lighting competition, the L Prize (here’s the prize website). Cash prizes and other inducements for the development of solid state lighting to replace standard incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. Rather like the Google … More The L Prize: A prize for lighting innovationMore The L Prize: A prize for lighting innovation

Ocean thermal power systems back under development

Michael Giberson Geothermal power generators use temperature differences between the surface and areas deeper in the earth to move a gas or liquid through a loop and drive a turbine. (One example is the Chena Geothermal Power Plant in Alaska. See the related project at the Chena Hot Springs Aurora Ice Museum, which uses 165°F … More Ocean thermal power systems back under developmentMore Ocean thermal power systems back under development

Ocean thermal power systems back under development

Michael Giberson Geothermal power generators use temperature differences between the surface and areas deeper in the earth to move a gas or liquid through a loop and drive a turbine. (One example is the Chena Geothermal Power Plant in Alaska. See the related project at the Chena Hot Springs Aurora Ice Museum, which uses 165°F … More Ocean thermal power systems back under developmentMore Ocean thermal power systems back under development

September 9: Release date for Neal Stephenson’s new book

Lynne Kiesling And it’s called Anathem. It’s an interesting made-up word, reminiscent of both “anthem” and “anathema”. The marketing blurb: Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians–sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, unpredictable “saecular” world that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms … More September 9: Release date for Neal Stephenson’s new bookMore September 9: Release date for Neal Stephenson’s new book

Some anecdotal data on driving behavior change

Lynne Kiesling This weekend the KP Spouse told me about a couple of his colleagues, both of whom drive Chevy Avalanches, live in the suburbs, and used to drive to work. One of them has started taking the train and is trying to sell his Avalanche, because he doesn’t want to keep spending what he … More Some anecdotal data on driving behavior changeMore Some anecdotal data on driving behavior change

Real-time feedback promotes efficient use of energy

Michael Giberson Tom Igoe, a physical-computing researcher at New York University, said the Prius mpg display is one of the best examples of technology “where green meets information systems.” “For a long time,” he said, “we have known that people will change their habits if they are exposed to feedback in real time.” From “For … More Real-time feedback promotes efficient use of energyMore Real-time feedback promotes efficient use of energy