PYP 070: Patrick Sherwin on Cooking with the Sun and Eradicating the Second Leading Cause of Death Worldwide

Patrick Sherwin was decommissioning a solar hot water system on someone's roof when he had a crazy idea. Picking up one of the vaccuum tubes used to insulate and heat the water, he thought, "I wonder if I could cook a bunch of hot dogs in this thing?" Ten years later, Patrick's startup, GoSunStove, is cranking out the world's most efficient solar cooker. Not only does the SunStove make tailgating cool as anything, it's also a potential lifesaver around the globe, where accidental smoke inhalation from indoor cooking with dirty fuels is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Read more »

PYP 060: Sean Kane on Automobile Safety, Runaway Computer Code, and the Promise and Perils of Technology

Sean Kane is president of Safety Research and Strategy, and founder of The Safety Institute. From his early days in the belly of the beast as a claims adjuster for the tire industry, to his work on the front lines with Ralph Nader's Institute for Auto Safety, to his own work making companies pay for their negligence, Sean has seen it all as an insider. He fights tirelessly (oh, did a bad pun just slip into this blog?) to hold manufacturers and marketers accountable for the damage their products cause. And lest you peg him an anti-technology crusader, he's also an organic gardner and supporter of the use of appropriate technology to solve societal and agricultural problems. Read more »