The most recent test of the U.S. missile defense system is receiving criticism from technical observers for its simplicity and secrecy.
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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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Sequestration science is far ahead of needed policy.
New research shows that making drivers pay higher tolls at peak times and tracking their location with RFID or GPS technology can eliminate traffic jams.
Sequestration technology is increasingly ready for prime time, but the required policy lags behind, says MIT expert Howard Herzog.
By investing in energy efficiency, we could vastly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money.
Better technologies exist for extracting coal, a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge is getting people to adopt them.
Creative toll strategies might make more of an impact on traffic congestion than new technologies, says a transportation researcher.
A simple new design for combustion chambers used in power plants could slash the amount of pollutants and the costs to consumers.