Science & Tech

April, 2015

  • 2 April

    The Web App That Made Information Free

    Wikipedia, which will turn 15 next year, can attribute its success to the unique way in which it combines free information with user convenience.

March, 2015

  • 17 March

    Cops May Feel Biggest Impact from Driverless Car Revolution

    The dawn of self-driving vehicles will likely lead to the sunset of the modern police force as rule-abiding cars eliminate the need for traffic enforcement.

  • 2 March

    EU Divided Over Radio Spectrum Allotment

    Allotting spectrum is becoming more important as hyper-connectivity gathers pace. Europe is divided over apportionment of radio spectrum in the face of rising threats of its use by fundamentalists for recruitment.

February, 2015

  • 20 February

    Communities of Color Speak Out for Net Neutrality

    Over the past two months, a number of events have demonstrated that communities of color support strong open Internet protections.

  • 16 February

    The Mercury Level in Your Tuna is Getting Higher

    An analysis of mercury levels in fish shows that mercury levels in yellowfin, or ahi, tuna are rising and the likely cause is air pollution.

December, 2014

  • 30 December

    How Cloud Computing Could Help Prevent Air Disasters

    The technology exists to provide real-time and accurate weather warnings to aircraft – but it needs to be harnessed properly.

  • 25 December

    Four Ways 2014 Was a Pivotal Year for the Internet

    At stake is whether the Internet remains a democratic, user-powered network.

November, 2014

  • 29 November

    Drone Lobby Taking Flak from the FAA

    Representatives from the retail, broadcast and agriculture industries have lobbied for the right to use drones to enhance profits. But the lobbying effort to allow commercial drone use looks set to take a major hit, with the Federal Aviation Administration planning to issue a series of long-awaited regulations as soon as the end of December.

  • 17 November

    How Commercial Aircraft Will Look Like in 2050

    The adoption of any new aircraft technology – from research, to design sketches, to testing and full integration – is typically a decade-long process. Given that the combustion engine will be phased out by mid-century, it would seem to make more economic and environmental sense to innovate in other areas: airframe design, materials research, electric propulsion design and air traffic control.

  • 14 November

    How Rosetta Made an Epic Journey Through Space

    Despite its overall success, the ten-year space journey to an icy dirtball wasn’t without concerns and small failures.