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The Sustainability Checklist

Moving towards sustainability means moving towards a world that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Unfortunately this is a lot easier said than done and the individual actions

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Do Aerator Shower Heads Use More Energy?

Our house had an old “high flow” shower head. As California is in the midst of an epic drought (despite all the recent rain), I was planning on installing a low flow “aerator” shower head. These shower heads mix in

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Peak Oil + Autonomous Cars = Traffic Nightmare

Autonomous Cars For a number of years now, high-end luxury cars have had autonomous cruise control systems that use lasers or radar to maintain a set distance to the car ahead. Earlier this month Tesla rolled out an autonomous driving mode in its

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Peak Fish and Sustainable Food’s Last Mile Problem

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Peak Fish My wife and I are subscribers to a local sustainable “fish share.” It’s like a vegetable CSA except instead of getting locally-grown vegetables we get fish that have been caught off of the San Francisco Bay. The fish are super

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Buying Starbucks Stock Instead of Starbucks Coffee: A Lesson in Compounding

If instead of purchasing a $4 coffee from Starbucks every trading day (~250 per year) you had purchased $4 worth of starbucks stock each day starting in 1992, how much money would you have today? Steve Calk, a finance lecturer

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The Anonymity-Privacy Matrix

Anonymity and privacy are not finite states. They exist across a spectrum and are mutually exclusive from each other. On the anonymity spectrum, transactions can be completely anonymous (where no transacting party knows the true identity of the other party), pseudo-anonymous (where transacting parties

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Pneumatic Ram Drag Racing Car Accelerator

I’ve often wondered why drag race cars don’t use pneumatic rams to give them a boost of initial acceleration. The system would work on the same principles as an aircraft catapult. You could set up the ram to push against a

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Wine

Wine is a passion of mine. To me wine is an art and a game at the same time. It is a game to find wine you love and enjoy the art that went into making it. At Cornell I

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Travel

I love to travel. I think the world would be a better place if everyone traveled more. Mark Twain once wrote “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome,

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