November 23, 2017

Your Phone Screen Just Won the Nobel Prize

Last year it was for an elusive particle, but this year the ubiquitous LED takes its place on the Nobel rostrum. Read More »

Don’t Drink the Farm

Agriculture runoff is choking Lake Erie. Are lawmakers finally ready to tell farmers to knock it off? Read More »

The Hitchbot’s Guide to Traveling Across a Continent

How a robot travelled 6,000 kilometers across Canada relying on the kindness of strangers. Read More »

Staving Off Traffic Jams Along Information Superhighway

Every major consumer group, a nationwide coalition of mayors, and thousands of startups and small businesses have joined millions of people in urging the FCC to save Net Neutrality. Read More »

Why Do Indians Want to Study Abroad?

Unable to cope with increasing demand for higher education, more and more students from India are heading to the West. New statistics show that offers of admission to Indian post-graduate students are up 25 per cent for 2013-14 from the previous year. But the bigger problem is that majority of these students are staying abroad after completing education, causing brain-drain — a bad news for India’s high-tech economy aspirations. Read More »

How Much Do We Know About Privacy on Facebook?

How far are we willing to allow our privacy to be pushed for our social connections? In the case of the Facebook Messenger app, the answer appears to be: “Not as far as Facebook thinks.” Read More »

Landfill Gas Can be Transformed into Hydrogen Fuel

A new technique can turn smelly methane gas that pollutes the air into clean energy. Read More »

Algae: Friend or Foe?

Toxic algae like the kind that fouled Toledo’s water supply are on the rise due to Big Ag and climate change. But we can learn from them, too. Read More »

More Efficient, Durable Solar Cells Are Possible

By eliminating excess infrared radiation, the solar cells stay cool and are more efficient at converting solar rays into energy. Researchers have found that by “turning away” the infrared radiation using silica glass, heat goes down without negatively effecting the amount of visible light the solar cell can absorb. Read More »

Solar Car Sets A New World Record

Sunswift eVe, designed and built by students at the University of New South Wales, seeks to overcome the traditional obstacles that have impeded solar-powered cars, namely, offering both speed and range in the same vehicle. Read More »