December 11, 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 »

South Africa: Water is Scarce, But Solutions Can Be Found

South Africa can look to the arid Israeli model for its water solutions. 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 »

Pakistan’s Coal Energy: At What Cost?

The thoughtless rush for coal-fired energy by a politically motivated Pakistani ruling elite is both alarming and questionable. 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 »

Your Devices Can Spy on Your Every Move

Bad guys or law enforcement could hack into our networked gadgets to spy on everything we do – and it's not clear how a laptop's video camera or an Amazon Echo fits within wiretapping laws. 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 »