Science & Technology


Potato, Interrupted: Genetic Engineering for Disease Resistance

By Nicole Miller, from On Wisconsin Magazine

Almost every cultivated variety of potato is susceptible to late blight, except a genetically engineered variety developed in the late 2000s.


“We Are As Gods…”

By Eric Utne

Stewart Brand has become the techno-industrial state’s highest-leaping cheerleader.



Elon Musk’s Boring Company

By Utne Reader staff

The not-so-boring Boring Company has big plans to eliminate your traffic woes.


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How Can We Tell Whether Comey's Firing Was Justified

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Using behavioral science to figure out Trump's likely motive for firing James Comey.


Complicated Correlation of Science and Religion Interpreted in a New Way

By Alister McGrath

With no certain answers, comparing the complicated correlation of science and religion is no easy feat.


LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues

By Jeff Hecht, from IEEE Spectrum

Early adopters of LED street lighting are struggling with glare and light pollution.


Internet Privacy Doesn’t Mean A Thing … Yet.

By Meg Leta Jones

What would it look like for Internet privacy to be not an ideal, but a right, so that personal data could be hidden, deleted, and not return to loom over the future?




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