June 24, 2017

Who’s Searching for Electric Cars?

BMW 13 electric car. (photo by Kārlis Dambrāns, CC license)

As all-electric cars come down in price, sales are expected to surge. Some analysts predict that by 2035, more than 50 percent of all vehicles sold will be all-electric. Read More »

The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement

The Green Climate Fund’s activities include funding adaptation plans such as the one to protect coastlines in Tuvalu, a country that climate change threatens with extinction. (Photo by Joe Hitchcock, Creative Commons License)

The Green Climate Fund is supposed to finance the world's shift away from fossil fuels. But fossil fuel-funding banks are eager to get on board. Read More »

Security Risks in the Age of Smart Homes

(Photo by swimfinfan, Creative Commons License)

Smart home technologies have some major security weaknesses that better design and programming could solve. Read More »

Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

Chicago skyline from a green rooftop. (Photo by  Josh Koonce, Creative Commons License)

Faced with growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, and poor air and water quality; skyrocketing energy bills; and costly damage to homes and infrastructure, some Midwestern city officials and community advocates are taking steps to improve their cities’ resilience to the effects of climate change. Read More »

Race on to Preserve Cultural Monuments with 3D Images

Entrance to the gate of Nimrod, destroyed by the IS group and digitally reconstructed as part of Project Mosul. (Model by ruimx from photos at projectmosul.org)

Researchers are making 3D scans, architectural plans and detailed photographic records of cultural heritage sites around the world, knowing they could be destroyed at any time. Read More »

Five Things You Need to Know About the Paris Climate Deal

Paris was a high-stakes game of geopolitical poker.. (Photo by Takver, Creative Commons License)

COP21 ended with an agreement that is at once both historic, important – and inadequate. Read More »

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Takes a Step Forward

(Photo by Sam Churchill, Creative Commons License)

The Hyperloop has created extreme controversy with skeptics citing everything from the cost of land in California to the substantial g-forces that would impact passengers being accelerated from 0 to 700+ miles per hour in a short span of time. Read More »

Forget Vegas, Nevada is Now About Reno and Lithium

The Chemetall Foote Lithium Operation in Clayton Valley, a dry lake bed in Esmeralda County, Nevada, just east of Silver Peak, a tiny town that has been host to various kinds of mining for about 150 years. (Photo by  Doc Searls, Creative Commons License)

As the state's southwest corner fills up with new lithium players, Tesla gears up for its battery gigafactory and the world's largest data center sets up shop, Nevada is poised for one of the greatest economic revival stories of the century. Read More »

Fishing Ban Reflects How Fragile Arctic Ecosystem Is

Canadian Ship Louis S. St-Laurent and Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo by DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons License)

A melting Arctic means new areas will be open to commercial fishing but scientists – and bordering countries – say they need time to study the ecological and economic risks. Read More »

NASA’s New Horizons ‘Phones Home’ Safe after Pluto Flyby

New Horizons Flight Controllers celebrate after they received confirmation from the spacecraft that it had successfully completed the flyby of Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in the Mission Operations Center (MOC) of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Maryland.
(Photo Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday (July 14) to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto. Read More »