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With Demand Response, You Get Paid to Cut Your Energy Bills

Oct 14, 2014

In the middle of a heat wave, around 5 p.m. when people begin arriving home from work and electricity demand spikes, a power outage often follows suit. But what if there were a way to prevent demand-driven blackouts without spending billions of dollars? That sort of electric grid silver bullet exists, it turns out, and it’s called demand response.

How Data Can Predict the Spread of Ebola, Make More Wine, and Maybe Save Your Life

Oct 7, 2014

Nowadays, the term “big data” is tossed around a lot. But what do advances in data science mean for the U.S. economy, and what sort of impact can we expect data to have over the next few years? 

These are a few of the issues that leading data experts are addressing today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s summit on Data-Driven Innovation, which features such speakers as Qing Wu, a senior economist at Google, and Julie Brill, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.

This Guy Robbed a Pizzeria and Now He's Suing the Owner for $250,000

Oct 6, 2014

Everyone knows that running a business, especially in the food industry, is tough. The hours are long, the demands are high, and every day brings a new challenge. But would you ever think a business like a small pizzeria would have to deal with being sued by the person who tried to rob them?

Yeah, that happened.

The story appears on, along with many similar tales of bizarre legal battles:

Inspired By Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Deep Space Industries Moves Closer to Goal of Mining Asteroids for Natural Resources

Sep 30, 2014

Though space travel used to be dominated solely by the government—and the American and Russian governments, specifically—a growing number of private companies have entered the formerly inaccessible industry over the past decade. Among this new crop of emergent businesses is Deep Space Industries, a space startup whose aim is appropriately out of this world.

How Long Does It Take to Replace a Bridge? About 24 Hours, Give or Take

Sep 26, 2014

When the Iowa Department of Transportation announced in 2011 that it would replace a state-owned bridge near the rural town of Council Bluffs, residents braced for the projected six-month project and the 14-mile traffic detour that would accompany it. Yet a mere 14 days later, a new bridge had already been installed.

UPDATE: 3 Education Companies That Are Making Teachers’ Lives A Whole Lot Easier

Oct 8, 2014

UPDATE: With September now behind us, we wanted to add a quick update to this article. Over at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's site, Joel Klein, the CEO of Amplify and the former head of New York City's public school system, penned a great piece on how the U.S. needs to take a new approach to how it educates its students.

Still Family-Owned After Three Decades, Aquarama Grapples With Its Future

Sep 24, 2014

In the beginning, Bob Shearer built vinyl liner pools. The vinyl liner pool was to the pool industry what the Volkswagen was to the auto industry: It created an affordable, easy-to-build pool for the middle class. It was a rectangular shape, came in two patterns, had a pump and filter, a ladder for access and egress, and a diving board. In contrast to the vinyl liner pool there was the concrete pool with a plaster finish, which took more resources and time to build.

After Many Ups—and a Lot of Downs—This Atlanta-Based, Family-Run Company Shows What It Takes to Succeed in Business

Sep 23, 2014

Family run businesses require a lot of work, but Aquarama Pools is a story that swims against the tide. Though the water hasn’t always been calm, a second and upcoming third generation of Shearer family progeny have managed to weather the effects of stormy seas.

#90SecondsWith: Ken Burns

Sep 15, 2014

Over the past three decades, Ken Burns has created some of the most celebrated documentaries in film history. HIs latest feature length documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," is a 7-part series exploring one of America's most famous political dynasties.

Famous for his in-depth films, Burns knew from a young age he wanted to be a filmmaker. “I wanted to be a filmmaker, a feature filmmaker, from age 12,” he says. “I watched my dad cry at a movie one night, and I just suddenly realized. I understood why he cried.”

How Unanswered Texts Led Military Veteran Sharon Standifird to Start Her Own Business

Sep 12, 2014

Like any parent, Sharon Standifird wants her children to answer her calls and texts when she contacts them. Yet unlike most parents, when her son continued ignoring her digital overtures, she set out on a quest to create an app that would, well, force him to do just that.

In the Heart of Midtown Manhattan, U.S. Diamond Manufacturing Sector Maintains Its Sparkle

Sep 17, 2014

The story of Ritani is, in many ways, the story of American manufacturing—just not the kind you’re probably thinking of. The company, which is revolutionizing the e-commerce space, particularly for the millennial buyer, has pioneered the “clicks and bricks” model of retail that merges the online and brick and mortar worlds to drive growth.

Yet the story of Ritani can’t be told without first telling the story of the Julius Klein Group.

The Cream of the (Local) Crop: Founding Farmers Brings Local Food to Washington, D.C. Eaters

Sep 10, 2014

Each January, the National Restaurant Association releases its predictions on up-and-coming food trends for the year ahead. Based on a survey of 1,300 top chefs, this year’s list cited the use of locally-sourced meats and seafood as the top food trend to look out for, with locally-sourced produce and sustainability rounding out the top three.


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