A new process can cheaply clean extremely briny water coming up from oil wells.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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Cellular networks guzzle electricity and diesel fuel, but researchers are showing how new versions could be cleaner but still reliable.
Smartphone battle moves from software to hardware with a crucial component to cut power consumption and allow faster data transmission.
A cheaper fuel cell could provide affordable power for microgrids.
The world needs nuclear power to reduce the emissions causing climate change, but that depends partly on finding a place to store decades’ worth of accumulated waste
New research finds some existing meters have security holes that the next generation does not.
Germany has decided to pursue ambitious greenhouse-gas reductions—while closing down its nuclear plants. Can a heavily industrialized country power its economy with wind turbines and solar panels?
Nuclear waste pools are packed more densely in the U.S. than those at Fukushima, with no removal plan in sight.