December 10, 2017

How New Is Virtual Reality Really?

Is virtual reality really an “innovation,” as we commonly call it? Or is it merely the next stage in something that we’ve been on the cusp of for a long while? Read More »

Why Silicon Valley Wants You to Text And Drive

Why do tech companies care so much about self-driving cars? If drivers no longer need to pay attention to the road, they can use their mobile devices even more. Read More »

Jet Fuel From Sugarcane? It’s Not A Flight of Fancy

Scientists have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content and are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oil. The engineered sugarcane could become a valuable energy crop. Read More »

How Safe is Your Smartphone from Hackers?

Your smartphone may be at risk of being hacked even while you are charging it at the airport or replacing its broken screen. Read More »

Who’s Searching for Electric Cars?

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 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

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

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

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

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