Because China relies so heavily on coal for power, electric vehicles aren’t necessarily an improvement over gasoline-powered cars.
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I’m MIT Technology Review’s research editor. I spend my days taking things extremely seriously and attempting with all my nerdy might to piece together bigger pictures from the bits and shreds of truth I manage to filter from the information barrage. I’m particularly obsessed with the energy-related challenges facing humanity and the future of the Internet.
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Three years after the Fukushima disaster, some countries are pulling back from nuclear power while others grow capacity.
No matter how fast export facilities for liquefied natural gas are approved, it will be years before the U.S. can challenge Russia’s position as a dominant supplier.
The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse course.
“Transparency reports” reveal insights about the requests made in the name of national security—including information that was previously kept secret.
Judged by one (admittedly imperfect) metric, Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition wasn’t as outrageous as it might appear.
Though still volatile, Bitcoin is surging in value and being spent more freely; it’s also inspired a legion of competitors.
Sunglasses made with nanoscale optical technology hint at a near future of inconspicuous head-mounted displays.
Coal could be a source of cheap, nontoxic fluorescent nanoparticles useful for biomedicine.
Twitter’s footprint is growing fast, although English speakers in the U.S. remain the largest demographic. The trick now is to turn its global presence into advertising dollars.