In the early 20th century, Du Pont released a series of pamphlets touting what it claimed to be the greatest agricultural innovation since the plow: dynamite. These pamphlets explain how explosives could help with everything from clearing tree stumps to regenerating soil.
The new Bill Gates, the one with time on his hands and billions in his pockets, is busy fighting for the environment. His latest salvo, outlined in a Washington Post editorial, includes the creation of the American Energy Innovation Council.
It's not that my smoke alarm is hard to reach, or that I don't have a spare 9V battery around. But doesn't this doo-hickey make a lot more sense? Plant the alarm in a light socket, then screw the bulb in. Everytime the light is turned on the alarm charges. Flip the lightswitch twice to test the alarm, and three…