BreezoMeter Shows a Map of Real-Time Air Pollution in Big Cities

BreezoMeter has collected pollution data and created a way to build real-time air pollution maps for big cities.

The San Francisco company is launching an interactive map of air pollution based on data from real-time traffic information and other data sources, said Ziv Lautman, cofounder and chief marketing officer of BreezoMeter. You can use it to plot the safest path to work on your daily commute.

Just catching up: Follow-ons to columns on tolls, venture capital, broadband and solar energy

Just catching up on some recent topics…

Following a Dec. 29 column on the pros and cons of toll roads, an attentive reader noted that tolls need not apply to all lanes on a stretch of freeway. In Colorado, for example, express lanes in parts of the Interstate Highway system help manage congestion and speed up travel for motorists. Drivers who choose to pay the toll can use express lanes in the Denver area that are otherwise reserved for buses and carpools.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX says it has found cause of rocket explosion and plans to fly again Sunday

Elon Musk’s SpaceX said Monday that it has discovered the cause of a September rocket explosion and plans to return to flight as soon as Sunday.

The conclusions of the company’s investigation have yet to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the agency has yet to provide it a license to launch. But SpaceX’s statement means that it has confidence that federal agencies will approve its remedies for the problem and that it will soon receive the green light.

Cyber Security Keeps Homes Heated And Lights On In Madison

Without electricity, the world pretty much shuts down, and without gas to heat homes, Wisconsin residents would have hard time coping with winter.

As CEO of Madison Gas & Electric, Gary Wolter knows his company has to secure its technology to provide those services to its customers. And he knows a cyber attack that shuts down either power or gas could be deadly on a large scale.

Wolter spoke at the Fusion Executive Summit, produced by WTN Media, Monday at the Fluno Center in Madison, Wisconsin. “We recognize we are the infrastructure upon which other critical infrastructure depends. The communications system doesn’t work without electricity, the Madison Metropolitan Sewer District doesn’t work without electricity and the water supply system needs big pumps. Right down the line, our infrastructure depends on electricity — think about hospitals.”

Tapping into Wisconsin’s energy potential should be bipartisan goal

Unless someone strikes oil in Oshkosh, discovers natural gas in Necedah or mines coal in Colfax, the state of Wisconsin is destined to remain largely dependent – perhaps for decades – on outside sources of energy that power its homes, businesses and vehicles.

That economic dependency can be slowly but steadily reduced, however, if Wisconsin builds on its emerging expertise around development of new sources of energy.

Bright prospects for a Midwest Entrepreneurial Economy

Things are looking up. We have the beginnings of what one could arguably say is “not your father’s Midwest.” Whether those of us in the region know, or care to admit, the Midwest has long been viewed as late in the game with respect to emergence of a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial need only look at the January 2010 Brookings Institution study, “Turning up the Heat: How Venture Capital Can Help Fuel the Economic Transformation of the Great Lakes Region,” for an exposition of the major problems that face the Midwest in creating an innovation economy.

Fast-changing economy: Collaborations essential to emerging “knowledge economy”

The Great Recession may be over but the Great Resetting shows no signs of ending.The global economy has changed – perhaps seismically, perhaps in ways that will challenge America’s leadership for years to come. Milwaukee is at the crossroads of that economic recalibration.It is a city and a region that could continue to shed jobs and economic muscle, an outcome that would doom all of Wisconsin to indirectly share in its decline, or it could accelerate the process of remaking itself as an emerging center of the “knowledge economy.”