Sci and Tech

We all owe a big ‘thanks’ to Gordon Moore. Fifty years after he predicted an exponential rise in computing power – a theory known as Moore’s Law – Chancellor of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Arnold Thackray gives us a glimpse into the life of the visionary. Read More...

A mosquito, transmitter of malaria. Credit: Enrique Dans / Flickr Creative Commons

If GMOs in your grocery cart caused a stir, what will happen when they're buzzing around your own backyard? KPBS in San Diego’s David Wagner says get ready for the next big step in genetic rewiring: wild flies and mosquitos. Read More...

A pile of remote controls. Credit: Redjar / Flickr Creative Commons

The idea of turning a knob to change a channel has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But today’s point-and-click comfort didn’t arrive overnight. We can thank Eugene Polley and his enormous Flash-Matic for getting the ball rolling in 1955. Read More...

Earth from Space. Credit: BackgroundNow.com Staff / Flickr Creative Commons

If you think today’s travelers have reached the last frontier, think again. Arizona State Planetary Scientist Jim Bell explains how space startups will launch us into a new age of exploration. Read More...

The familiar sight of a traffic jam. Credit: Michael Gil / Flickr Creative Commons

Traffic isn't just bad for our moods — it's also hurting the planet. Daniel Gross delves into the underlying engineering behind traffic jams, and how cleaning them up will also reduce emissions. Read More...

The Einstein Memorial at the National Academy of Sciences

There was a time Albert Einstein couldn’t get a job teaching high school math. Biographer Walter Isaacson takes a look at Einstein’s remarkable life, and tells us why being an outsider and underdog might have helped him be even more of a genius. Read More...

A farmer uses a handheld GPS device.

Using a physical map to find your way around? That's so, like, ten years ago. Tech writer Hiawatha Bray examines the science and history that gave us GPS — and how we owe some of that to Einstein. Read More...

An imagining of a black hole.

Amanda Gefter used to think science was boring. That was before she debated the meaning of nothing in a Chinese restaurant and snuck into a physics conference with her dad. Gefter reflects on her unusual journey towards writing about science. Read More...

A global hawk drone

The basic components of human conflict may never change, but the way we fight certainly will. Peter Singer, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and Missy Cummings, director of Duke's Humans and Autonomy Lab, explain how developing technologies like robots and hacking are radically transforming the way America goes to war. Read More...

The USS Zumwalt in dry dock.

From unmanned drones to bomb disposal, robots are steadily becoming an ever bigger part of the military. But drones aren’t the only way that automation is changing the way we fight. Read More...

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