Writer Mike McPhate discusses the mindset of settlers willing to take risks during the California gold rush of the mid-19th century. He ties that idea to tech entrepreneurs’ willingness to fail in the same state today.
A critic from The Economist magazine reviews The Republic for Which It Stands, in which author Richard White outlines the politics and economics of the United States following the Civil War.
This article examines the benefits of CRISPR, a gene-editing technology that could improve how we produce food.
Thanks to virtual reality, First Airlines passengers sightsee destinations around the world without ever leaving the ground.
Like any quest, the journey to Mars will require careful planning and many intermediate steps. Check out this timeline of stages in the process of making humans independent from our home planet.
Humans have mapped a larger percentage of the surface of Mars than Earth’s seafloor. These 7 technologies are looking to change that.
When our view is distorted, we don’t perceive things as they really are. Find out why some people are making an extreme and permanent choice based on bad information.
Even a change that’s generally good can have negative consequences.
It’s likely that when your grandparents were your age, they rode in a car without buckling a seat belt first. Find out how effective seat belts are at saving lives and why some people don’t use them, even today.
In this podcast, the creator of an art installation in Manchester, England, discusses how she used real-time data that informed poems written by A.I. and were displayed around the city.
Tech company CEO Richard White compares current internet service providers and how to regulate them to railroad companies of the Gilded Age.
A course at Yale University examines the intersections of individuality, society, and technology.
Ever wonder what using social media does to your brain? Read to learn what one team of researchers found when exploring this topic.
Nuclear meltdowns are very rare but dangerous. Read about how nuclear reactors work and what causes a meltdown.
It’s easy to imagine that Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers would have had a happier ending with the benefit of modern technology. A social researcher explores this idea more deeply.
What does a reimagined grocery store look like? Amazon, a name not associated with grocery stores up to now, opened “Amazon Go” in Seattle in January!
Would you like this new 21st century shopping experience?
The great explorer Christopher Columbus left Spain in 1492 on a voyage of exploration. The 3 ships he set off with were believed to be “technology that was far ahead of its time”. Think of this connection and about why this article appears on The American Society of Mechanical Engineers website.
Neuroscientist Michael Graziano outlines the steps he believes would create an artificially-conscious computer.
Even the cheesiest 3-D movie effects can be startling. How does a cheap pair of glasses make an image look like it’s coming right at us?
Half a century ago, fallout shelters were everywhere. One of these well-stocked little bunkers, meant to protect people from the fallout of an atomic bomb, is now part of history.