Vaclav Smil

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

  • 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

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What Happened to the Milky Way?

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

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The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City

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Desegregated, Yet Unequal

A short documentary about the legacy of Boston busing

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.

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Social Media: The Video Game

What if the validation of your peers could "level up" your life?

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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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