DIY solar; the psychology of everyday illusions; Melbourne’s food startups | SMARTPLANET Weekly

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Could DIY solar shake up the industry? The big solar manufacturers say they’re not worried. Meanwhile, three startups in Melbourne who are aiming to loosen the grip of their city’s reigning food duopoly give us a peek at how we’ll eat in the future. Finally, psychologist Christopher Chabris explains why politicians lie.

— Laura Shin, Features Editor

THE REPORT

WILL DIY SOLAR MAKE AN IMPACT?

Startups like SolarPod could make it simpler for homeowners to harness the power of the sun, especially in underserved rural areas.

BY MICHAEL LEWIS

THE TAKE

HOW GREEN BONDS COULD UNLEASH THE KRAKEN OF ENERGY TRANSITION

Financial innovation in the bond market could pour hundreds of billions of dollars into renewable energy projects and other climate solutions.

BY CHRIS NELDER

GLOBAL OBSERVER

BERLIN’S FLEDGLING STREET FOOD SCENE IMPROVISES

BERLIN — Food startups are stepping out of the shadow of Berlin’s hierarchical gastronomic scene. But can the movement survive Germany’s lingering aversion to risk?

BY SHANNON SMITH

MELBOURNE TECH STARTUPS ADDRESS THE MOST BASIC OF THINGS: FOOD

MELBOURNE — How do we feed a growing and increasingly urbanized city? Three new Melbourne startups work toward a collective solution.

BY LIEU THI PHAM

BUSINESS BRAINS

INNOVATOR | SOPHIE VANDEBROEK, CTO OF XEROX

The head of research at “the document company” takes Xerox’s focus well beyond paper.

BY AUDREY QUINN

PURE GENIUS

Q&A: Christopher Chabris, psychology professor, on everyday illusions

Chabris explains how we can be oblivious to things that later seem obvious — and why people who think they’re funny have the worst sense of humor.

BY CHRISTINA HERNANDEZ SHERWOOD

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