Science & Technology


MARLIN Makes Traffic Lights Smarter

by Trinica Sampson

A self-learning traffic system means less waiting at intersections.


Burning Man Bridges Information Gap in Afghanistan

By Brian Calvert, from Pacific Standard

Dr. Dave Warner tries to redeem the debacle of the war in Afghanistan through the gospel of open information and Burning Man ideals.


Community Mesh Network: The DIY Internet

By Staff, Utne Reader

Community mesh networks let users escape NSA surveillance programs (and high broadband prices) by building their own DIY internet.


Finally, a Fair Trade Smartphone

By Staff, Utne Reader

Fairphone, the first fair trade smartphone, makes its debut.


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Home2O: Upcycled Disaster Relief

by Katherine Jennings

Students at New York Institute of Technology are reimagining disaster housing.


The History of the Electric Telegraph

By Carol Baxter

Communication as we now know it is a distant reminder of humble beginnings. The history of the electric telegraph is a twisted tale, and this is just the beginning.


Biomimicry Explained

by Katherine Jennings

An interview with innovative biologist and biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus.


The Cult of Apple: From Store Design to Spiritual Transcendence

By Brett T. Robinson

In what has been dubbed “the cult of Apple,” explore the physical and metaphysical components of the company’s technology – the Apple store design and the communication technologies for expression of self in the modern age – that has helped amass a following.