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- Feb 6 20173 minutes
Will Trump Crush China Over Aluminum?
Obama filed a WTO complaint alleging illegal Chinese subsidies | It could let Trump “deliver on his promise to stand up to China”
- Mar 16 20173 minutes
Trump’s Budget Could Hurt Manufacturing and Innovation
The president’s spending blueprint calls for cuts to federal programs that underpin technology breakthrough and support jobs.
- Mar 16 20172 minutes
How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them
New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting pollution-preventing "cover crops." In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.
- Mar 22 20174 minutes
Health Care Plan Championed By Trump Hurts Counties That Voted For Him
Trump picked up big margins in small and rural counties. But those areas would take the biggest hit with tax credit changes, according to an NPR analysis of data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
- Dec 1 20132 minutes
Prefab Homes are Seeing Green
Customizable, sustainable residences get big funding
- Nov 14 20134 minutes
What If Obesity Is Nobody’s Fault?: Meet the mice that are changing the obesity conversation.
Last year, Harvard University sent Peter Ferket mouse poo to light on fire. A professor of poultry science at North Carolina State University, Ferket began by adding flammable flour dust to his samples. He then put the mixture into a sealed, stainles
- Mar 21 20175 minutes
New Exoskeletons Will Harness the Subtle Anatomy of Human Balance
In the 1980s, a bioengineer named Norm Heglund was doing field work in Kenya, hoping to uncover the secrets of locomotion. It was a good gig. Heglund and his team spent their days shooting wild animals with tranquilizer darts in Kenya’s national park
- Mar 17 201611 minutes
How Do You Say “Life” in Physics?: A new theory sheds light on the emergence of life’s complexity.
“To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (1953)1 Jeremy England is concerned about words—about what they mean, about the universes they contain. He avoids ones like “consciousness” and
- Nov 28 20161 minute
The Return of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’
It really is a new day for U.S. energy policy. The President-elect has pledged to roll back environmental regulations, invest in new pipelines and allow drilling on public lands—and he can make many of the changes unilaterally once in office. On thei
- Apr 1 20132 minutes
A Franchisee Gym Pumps up Profits by Going Green
A Retro Fitness franchisee cut their electricity costs by adding eco-friendly features.
- Apr 29 20134 minutes
Gasoline and Fertility: We consume unlike any other.
The most basic function of a living organism is to take in energy and spend it on survival and reproduction. If humans are unique, then so must our energy use be. What we know today is that our energy use has both deep similarities to, and difference
- Mar 26 20159 minutes
Jupiter Is a Garden of Storms: Why the Great Red Spot refuses to die.
It’s always a mistake to read,” Philip Marcus, a computational physicist and a professor in the mechanical engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley, tells me in a coffee shop near campus. “You learn too many things. That’s how
- Dec 9 20168 minutes
Russia and the Threat to Liberal Democracy
How Vladimir Putin is making the world safe for autocracy