Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil is the author of more than 30 interdisciplinary books. His website is

  • The Myth of the Innovator Hero

    Every successful modern e-gadget is a combination of components made by many makers, and it all begins with the story of how the transistor became the building block of modern machines


Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.


How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.


A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple


What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?


The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.



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