How a demonstration of calm competence becomes a "terrifying" episode
A report from the dawn of time
A technologist says the day of airliners flown by remote control is closer than we think. Is that good news or bad? Plus, why it's better to be a co-pilot and other lessons from the latest crash.
How would you build a high-tech center in a vast farming zone? You might start by applying tech solutions to farming problems of water use and sustainability in all forms.
New looks from two old favorites
The chairman of California's costly and controversial infrastructure project explains why (in his view) it actually will get built—and whether its champion, 77-year-old Governor Jerry Brown, is likely to be able to take a ride.
"Pinging Baidu without a VPN takes 17ms on average with 0% loss; pinging the Atlantic without a VPN takes 350ms and about 40% loss." Chronicles of a country walling itself off
A preposterously nationalistic video celebrating Internet censorship, which gets less funny the more you think about it
Let's hope that some day we'll look back on the current crackdown as an unfortunate phase.
Take a look at this video. These are the people the Chinese government thinks shouldn't get open access to the Internet.
Who should get the benefit of the doubt when we consider the unknowable future?
Modern data-based graphics meet the timeless mysteries of the globe.
"Facebook is blocked in China, but Chinese media and social media was aflame with the story of the multi-billionaire founder of Facebook who speaks Chinese!"
Balancing substance and symbolism in the movement toward cleaner energy sources
Everybody talks about the future, but nobody does anything about it.
"The decision on HSR is going to shape the future in ways we can’t predict, and a touch of modesty in the arguments would be welcome."
You want to hear more about the biggest infrastructure project being considered anywhere in the country? You've come to the right place.
"Bad, bad, bad," and other critiques
And so do some readers.
A solution looking for a problem? A genuine leap forward? The best we can expect from messy political half-measures? Or something truly brave? Take your pick.