Earlier this year, T. Boone Pickens announced a grand plan to build the world's biggest wind farm and help wean the country off gasoline. Now that natural gas prices have tanked, he's putting the plan on hold. Sam Eaton reports.
In this gloomy time for business, maybe all we need is a little youthful optimism. Fifteen-year-old Josh Heinzl wasn't afraid to open his toy store in a mall in Nashua, N.H. last month. Avishay Artsy has the story.
What if computers became smarter than us? Yes, we know, you already saw that movie. But what if? Kai Ryssdal poses the question to Richard Dooling, author of "Rapture for the Geeks: When AI Outsmarts IQ"
With Silicon Valley in a bit of a slump, research departments at universities are getting a leg up. Caitlan Carroll looks at how one technology start-up at the University of Southern California is following the trend.
In the most recent issue of Harper's, Eric Janszen, founder of iTulip.com, calls for a broad re-industrialization of the American economy. Kai Ryssdal talks with him about putting strength back into the country.
San Francisco start-up business MyFarm helps locals who aren't savvy about gardening grow their own veggies at home. Lisa Morehouse has more on the company's success and fans throughout the organic world.
Small business owners, does the current economy make you feel powerless or afraid? If so, you're not alone. Marketplace Entrepreneurship reporter Mitchell Hartman attended a peer advisory group where entrepreneurs get help coping with the turmoil in the business world.
Renewable energy has a tough battle these days against cheaper oil and difficult credit, but a solar-cell plant in Oregon is still pushing its product down the line. Mitchell Hartman looks closer into the solar industry.