The Real Victor in Iraq: Monsanto

Five years of occupation, more than $558 billion spent, 4,182 U.S. soldiers and 655,000 Iraqi civilians dead, and it now looks like Monsanto (NYSE.MON – $71.95) is going to be the real victor in Iraq thanks to a postwar document known as Order 81.

Will Black Silicon Light Up Your Solar Portfolio?

Sometimes the best scientific discoveries are made by accident. "We were doing research on the chemical reactions on metal surfaces and, on a hunch, I said let’s look at semiconductors, without a clear plan," said Eric Mazur, a physicist at Harvard University, about an experiment done in 1998. A decade later, it looks like his…

Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Set to Turn Cow Pies into Electricity

Photo: Skinnyde, Creative Commons, Flickr In developing countries there are serious challenges to providing cheap and environmentally-friendly sources of electricity and clean drinking water. But Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, wants to try to overcome them. Recently he unveiled two of his latest projects at the Lux Executive Summit: an electricity generator that…

The Oil in Your Backyard

Photo: SchultzLabs, Creative Commons, Flickr Oil runs the world, fueling industrial processes that make everything from computers to plastic containers. Without it, vehicles, airplanes, trucks that bring food to grocer¬ís shelves, and ships that bring steel from China wouldn’t run. The modern world would grind to a halt.

Energy Stocks Got a Boost Monday

Right now, as the stock market rally eases a bit in terms of the financial sector, the energy sector is holding gains. A measure of confidence is returning, thanks to remarks from Ben Bernanke regarding his dedication to stimulate the economy. Also helping the energy sector is the expectation that OPEC will soon be cutting…

12 Interesting Things I Learned at The Feast

Photo: Rachel Feierman, Creative Commons The Feast was a day-long social innovation conference that took place on Thursday, October 16th at Scandinavia House in New York City. There were 12 presentations and summarizing each one would make for a very long article, so I’m simply going to touch on twelve interesting things that I learned:

What Happens to the Stock Market if Obama Becomes the CEO of America?

Photo: iceman9294, Creative Commons, Flickr It’s easy and counterproductive to politicize the stock market: Democrats would say the it’s plunging due to eight years of Republican leadership. Republicans would counter that the free-falling stock market is pricing in a Democrat in the White House. Research based on the past 80 years shows that American stock…

Exxon Mobil (XOM) Works On Its Eco Image

Photo: cackhanded, Creative Commons, Flickr Even in this down economy, there are people who are still interested in environmental issues, and Exxon Mobil (XOM) is not about to be left off the bandwagon. The company is releasing ads that highlight its focus on environmental protection and alternative energy. The question, though, is whether this is…