Issue 118

September 2007


  • Fast-Food Medicine

    Retail health clinics are dotting the landscape like Starbucks, frustrating doctors but delighting patients. Is this the beginning of the answer to our national health-care crisis?

  • Hot Tickets

    EBay and other scrappy online outfits have created a legitimate $2 billion—plus secondary market for seats at concerts and sports events—and a risky new world for Ticketmaster.

  • Mobile Meltdown

    How the "can't miss" wireless startup Amp'd Mobile burned through $360 million and found itself in bankruptcy.

  • Airport of Tomorrow

    In Germany, engineering giant Siemens tests features designed to make air travel less awful.

  • Sky Fighter

    Daniel Libeskind shares his vision for architecture and why he's at peace with the plans for Ground Zero that replaced his own.

  • The Air In There

    Americans spend 90% of their time indoors—and much of that at work. According to the EPA, air pollution is up to five times worse inside than outside. Harsh cleaning chemicals contribute to the problem. In fact, one-third of the cleaning products that janitors handle contain chemicals that can cause skin and eye irritation, cancer, or reproductive disorders. And approximately 37 million Americans suffer from chemical sensitivity, so increased absenteeism and health costs can stem from using compounds that evaporate harmful materials into the air.

  • The Green, Green Grass Of Home

    Step outside and discover how to make your grass greener—without chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and a gazillion gallons of water. Natural pesticides and herbicides keep chemicals off your lawn, making it safer for kids, pets, and even earthworms. Where pesticides are regularly applied, 60% to 90% of earthworms, whose job is to keep the soil healthy, are killed.

  • By The People, For The People

    Consumer-electronics companies are embracing the open-source model—enlisting volunteer developers, designers, and just regular folk—to create cooler products for all their customers.

Fast Talk

  • Fast Talk: GE's $500 Million Springboard

    Dan Henson

    VP And Chief Marketing Officer, General Electric
    Fairfield, Connecticut

    Dan Henson, 46 (pictured in New York's Chinatown), manages GE's sponsorship of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Cost estimates for a top sponsorship run as high as $80 million.) Henson is overseeing approximately 150 different projects, from preparing power systems for the Games to lighting the Water Cube, the Olympic swimming center.


From the Editor

  • Letter From the Editor

    There is no more common lament in corporate C-suites than the sorry state of the American education system. Our next generation is said to be woefully unprepared for the economy of the future, while other countries steam ahead, producing engineers and scientists.