The black-sheep engineer in a family of artists contained carbonation in plastic.
Yucca Mountain in Nevada looked like the perfect place to stash the byproducts of nuclear power. Fifteen years and billions of dollars later, it's not even close to being operational. Is starting from scratch the only option?
The first commercial "pebble bed" reactor--nearing approval in South Africa--may revive nuclear power.
Even during its "war on terrorism," the U.S. government says it can't suspend patents. Wrong: it's done so before.
If you use new technology while it's still buggy, you're an innovator too.
Straight from the lab: technology's first draft.
Building intelligence into the power grid would make electricity cheaper and more reliable. The technology-from self-monitoring power lines to giant transistors-is ready to go. But no one has an incentive to foot the bill.
Years of cheap oil have slowed energy innovation to a crawl. A new Middle East crisis could change that.
From the editor in chief
Modern gadgetry looks like something from Star Trek. But it usually works like something from Gilligan's Island.