Science & Tech

June, 2019

  • 13 June

    Why Defense Department is Worried About Climate Change?

    Climate change should be front and center in U.S. national security debates. Cutting Pentagon greenhouse gas emissions will help save lives in the United States, and could diminish the risk of climate conflict.

  • 1 June

    Can Ogallala Aquifer Survive Drought and Pollution?

    The high plains aquifer, also known as the Ogallala aquifer, is one of the largest in the nation and the primary source of water for a vast stretch of our agricultural heartland. But what exactly is an aquifer, and how does it work? Many imagine a giant underground lake—in fact, the Ogallala is sometimes referred to as the sixth Great …

November, 2018

  • 7 November

    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.

December, 2017

  • 9 December

    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?

  • 2 December

    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.

November, 2017

  • 20 November

    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.

June, 2017

  • 16 June

    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.

July, 2016

  • 19 July

    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.

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.