Science & Tech

May, 2016

  • 30 May

    Security Risks in the Age of Smart Homes

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

April, 2016

  • 20 April

    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.

January, 2016

  • 26 January

    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.

December, 2015

  • 13 December

    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.

November, 2015

  • 7 November

    Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Takes a Step Forward

    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.

  • 1 November

    Forget Vegas, Nevada is Now About Reno and Lithium

    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.

August, 2015

  • 13 August

    Fishing Ban Reflects How Fragile Arctic Ecosystem Is

    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.

July, 2015

  • 15 July

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

    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.

June, 2015

  • 28 June

    Why Buffett Bet A Billion on Solar

    By 2030, millions of people will have transport fuel that is ‘on the house.’ During the midday hours, many grids will experience negative pricing as solar PV floods the market to the extent that the power cannot be stored. As millions of electric vehicles hit the road, they will likely become the default destination for stored electricity. Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell cannot stop this. They had better think seriously about financing solar and wind arrays.

April, 2015

  • 21 April

    The Game-Changing Water Revolution

    In the middle of North American shale boom, the lack of water is suffocating. Amid this doom and gloom, a water revolution emerges, led by energy industry figures who realized the endless potential of tapping into new water sources and processing them with advanced desalination technology that, for the first time ever, is economically feasible.