The Bloom Box: either too good to be true or likely to change the world.

Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes interviewed K.R. Sridhar from Bloom Energy about their potentially world-changing Bloom Box — a small fuel cell that produces cheap electricity with zero emissions on demand and an on site. Sridhar envisions a Bloom Box providing electricity for homes all over the world — in just 5-10 years.

It sounds too good to be true, but Bloom Energy has raised hundreds of millions of dollars from top-tier investors. AND, the first version of the Bloom Box is already in use by Google (providing electricity for one of it’s data centers) and Ebay (providing 15% of the electricity for it’s massive campus and saving over $100,000 per year in energy costs).

This could really change the world. Check it out:

Listen to This: William Hurt Interview

by Editor on March 3, 2010

William Hurt signing autographs at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival (photo by sheksay)

William Hurt signing autographs at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival (photo by sheksay)

NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross has a fascinating interview with William Hurt. Hurt is promoting his film The Yellow Handkerchief, but he discussing a wide range of topics and gives an intriguing glimpse into this very fascinating guy.

Among many other things, he discusses working and Raul Julia to film Kiss of the Spider Woman — a role that earned Hurt a Best Actor Oscar. He also shares a story about an excursion he made during a filming break in Brazil during which he and a date were held hostage and lmost executed by thieves during a home robbery. He also discusses how he managed to turn a cameo in A History of Violence into the “shortest Academy Award nomination in history” — he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

He also shares many personal details about his roller-coaster, multinational upbringing and his close relationship to his mother, his father and his step-father. Throughout the interview, he gives a glimpse into his world view and personal life philosophy. This highly recommended interview is quite an intriguing look into the life and mind of a thoughtful, bright, and very unique personality.

This one is definitely worth your time:

Listen to This: Rick Rubin on Johnny Cash

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Terry Gross interviews Def Jam Records founder Rick Rubin about his 10-year collaboration with icon Johnny Cash to create the American Recordings series of Johnny Cash Albums. Quite interesting, and well worth a listen. Check it out here: Listen on demand Download the mp3 podcast Read the transcript

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Listen to This: Johnny Cash Interview

This is a great interview with the legendary Johnny Cash that was recorded in 1997 by Terry Gross for her NPR show Fresh Air. Terry gets some fascinating insight into Johnny, as he talks about a wide range of topics such as growing up poor, the incredible confidence and assertiveness with which he got his [...]

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Is Sotomayor Biased? Of Course: All Judges are Biased

There has been an endless stream of criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor for saying that she would “hope that a wise Latina woman…would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male.” This prompted many to call her a “clearly” biased judge. But this argument is ridiculous. She was merely [...]

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If Obama is ‘pals’ with a terrorist, then I’m buddies with a murderer and McCain caused the financial crisis

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McCain and Palin are out of control. For the last few days, Palin has been saying, “We see America as the greatest force for good in this world. Our opponent though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” She [...]

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Bankruptcy Is Better Than Bailout

It seems that 166 economists agree that the “crisis” is not so dire and that that bankruptcy is preferable to a bailout. Here is Harvard University senior economics lecturer Jeffrey A. Miron’s spin:

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The Financial Crisis Is Really NOT a Crisis

Looking at the big picture, I think this whole “financial crisis” is overblown and being fueled in large part by the instant, overabundance of the modern media. You won’t find a bigger advocate than me for freedom of the press, but the modern media is definitely subject to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. This “crisis” is [...]

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Bush Strike 3: Gitmo Detainees “Win” Again

In a close 5 to 4 decision, the US Supreme Court did the right thing and ruled against the Bush Administration for the 3rd time regarding the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It seems that they do have the right to challenge their detentions in federal court. To me this reaffirms some of the most [...]

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Pandering: Gas Tax Holiday is Ridiculous

The gas tax holiday proposed by Hillary Clinton and John McCain is nothing but a pathetic pander. The tax has no realistic value to anyone — in fact it will hurt us. We won’t get the full 18 centsFirst, it’s unlikely that the pitiful 18 cents a gallon will all be passed on to consumers. [...]

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