Exactly 100 years ago the world was reminded yet again that war — declared or undeclared — is in many ways a chronicle of disastrous assumptions and unpleasant surprises.
Proposed regulations of oil-bearing trains pose several challenges and divert us from more important safety questions.
One factor that is often overlooked in the debate over causes of income inequality is a shift in the distribution of working hours. The rich now work more than the poor.
Criticism of big data is due to three paradoxes. For starters, it's ubiquitous but hard to define.
The battle between new smartphone-enabled 'transportation network companies' and legacy taxicabs largely mirrors the age-old war over productivity, a war that only ever has one outcome.
The home refrigerator, a vital but modest technology, is 100 years old.
The genetics revolution poses challenges to the way that the FDA and patent system influence medical research. Prize-grants could be better suited to providing incentives for the sort of research becoming valuable.
Aereo’s system was a case of legal engineering rather than technical ingenuity.
Complex changes do not bring unalloyed benefits, and rather than adhering to a simplistic infatuation with new riches, we should recognize a number of already obvious complications and ask a number of necessary questions.
We hear increasingly that technology is making today’s electric utility model ‘obsolete’ and will put its companies into a ‘death spiral.’ Is it possible that so much has changed so quickly?
While the federal government receives net payments for electricity-related oil and gas production on federal land, the net subsidy for the new Ivanpah solar plant is almost 300 times greater.
If the FDA's proposed regulations go into force, the likely outcome is a severe reduction in consumer choice, and thus fewer smokers quitting and more dying needlessly.
Shouldn’t those who contribute the funds to launch successful startups also share in any profits?
Some scientists and philosophers worry that artificial intelligence may someday make humanity superfluous.
Startups and regulatory restraint have fueled Swedish economic growth.
Despite massive taxpayer-funded subsidies, ‘clean energy’ is a failure because it remains far too expensive to compete in the marketplace.
Technology is creating a revolution that could profoundly improve our schools, but getting digital learning right is more about the planning than the purchase order.
The biggest surprise about Massive Open Online Courses is how conservative they are.
The controversy over a recent study on gay parenting illustrates a sociopolitical groupthink operating in the social scientific community. Scientists should go where the science takes them, not where their politics does.
The main source of global energy reserves and geopolitical tensions could shift in the not-too-distant future from the Middle East to the Arctic. Here’s why.