The Modlet lets you monitor your power usage via mobile device, and turn off appliances remotely.
I’m a contributing editor at MIT Technology Review. Until recently I blogged the converging crises of the 21st century for Grist. I report for Wired and Scientific American, and I’ve got projects cooking for The BBC, The Atlantic and Smithsonian.
Lately I’ve been helping friends launch an experiment in alternate funding models for science and environment-focused media, called MajorPlanet.
In another life I was a crayfish neuroscientist specializing in functional and anatomical studies via Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Christopher Mims's Stories
Looking around, what problem, what opportunity in any way resembles the earliest era of the PC? There's only one: energy.
Not every technology is on an endlessly compounding growth trend approaching some kind of technological singularity
Far-flung data centers could use otherwise unharvestable renewable energy for computation.
Nothing can stop radioactive decay--that's why it's so useful in spacecraft batteries yet so troublesome in shut-down nuclear reactors.
Metallized xenon difluoride heralds a new class of solid fuels.
Newly discovered methane hydrate reserves deep in the ocean show promise for mining.