technology

Climate Solutions: Technologies to Slow Climate Change

Climate Solutions: Technologies to Slow Climate Change

By Ajit Niranjan It’s a question that preys on our readers’ minds: Can we invent our way out of climate breakdown? For many, dismayed by the pace of political progress but loathe to give up carbon-heavy lifestyles, solving climate change through technology alone is a tantalizing idea. But experts say there is no silver bullet […]

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    How Self-Driving Cars Could Harm Marginalized Communities

    How Self-Driving Cars Could Harm Marginalized Communities

    By Hana Creger Everyone’s talking about self-driving, autonomous vehicles these days. Late last year General Motors announced that it will shut down production of several conventional car lines, partly to pour resources into its self-driving car unit, and GM is just one of many companies ramping up such efforts, alongside Google, Tesla, Uber and a […]

    IKEA Is Launching Air-Purifying Curtains

    IKEA Is Launching Air-Purifying Curtains

    Air pollution within the home causes 3.8 million deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization. A recent University of Colorado in Boulder study reported by The Guardian found that cooking a full Thanksgiving meal could raise levels of particulate matter 2.5 in the house higher than the levels averaged in New Delhi, the […]

    5G and the FCC: 10 Reasons Why You Should Care

    5G and the FCC: 10 Reasons Why You Should Care

    By Sharon Buccino As an environmental lawyer for over 25 years now, I have become intimately familiar with the workings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Interior. I didn’t have occasion to watch what was happening across town at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Now I do. Here are […]

    Could ‘Bionic Mushrooms’ Be the Future of Renewable Energy?

    Could ‘Bionic Mushrooms’ Be the Future of Renewable Energy?

    The latest renewable energy breakthrough took place over a lunch. Sudeep Joshi, a postdoctoral fellow at Stevens Institute of Technology, told BBC News that he and some colleagues were discussing the problem of cyanobacteria. These are organisms that can convert sunlight into electric current. The problem? They don’t live long enough on artificial lab equipment […]

    Google Street View to Expand Mapping of Air Pollution

    Google Street View to Expand Mapping of Air Pollution

    Google announced Wednesday it would expand its innovative, street-by-street air pollution mapping program to an international fleet of 50 Google Street View cars, Business Wire reported. The program is a partnership with Aclima, a San Francisco company that maps air quality on a block-by-block scale. The announcement comes a day after a report from the […]

    This Innovative App Spreads Good Food Karma

    This Innovative App Spreads Good Food Karma

    The problem of food waste made headlines last month with the release of a study that found that about one third of all food is wasted, and that amount is projected to grow by another third by 2030. Luckily, there’s an app for that. Swedish startup Karma buys leftover food from restaurants, cafes and grocery […]

    Trump’s 5G Network Raises Concerns for Public Health and the Environment

    Trump’s 5G Network Raises Concerns for Public Health and the Environment

    By Sabine El Gemayel The Trump administration is considering proposals for a national 5G wireless infrastructure in order to counter China’s position in global technology markets, despite the many uncertainties and potential dangers of this technology for human health and the environment. According to a PowerPoint deck produced by a senior National Security Council official, […]