What does a future full of AVs mean for all the spaces reserved for downtown parking?
Self-driving cars may someday drop off their owners downtown and then leave to find free parking. What would that mean for cities of the future?
A new plug-in electric truck is in development, along with an electric SUV.
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Researchers have found a way to evaluate how energy-efficient electric vehicles are, and compare the sizes and costs of batteries for different models.
Building an electric airplane is very different from building an electric car or truck.
The battery technology and cooling systems needed for electric aircraft to lift people and cargo are getting closer to reality, but they're still very different from electric cars and trucks.
Could drone delivery help the environment?
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Reducing the need for trucking by delivering some packages with electric drones could save fuel, and potentially carbon emissions. But how much and in what circumstances?
The American people used to get more information in common.
Micro-targeted online advertising has destroyed how Americans share experiences and a common knowledge base. The fix for this societal and political problem is as simple now as it was in 1840.
Don’t overlook immediate safety in a search for something better.
Consumers with high hopes of driverless vehicles improving safety might be looking past the boring near-term advances that could make a real difference. It happened before – more than 60 years ago.
Coal stockpile at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin power plant, 2011.
A recent study shows that large piles of coal produce measurable quantities of fine particulate air pollution within a 25-mile radius. Covering coal trains and storage piles could reduce the problem.
Make it longer than 12 characters!
Recent federal changes to password-strength guidelines echo the findings of research we've been doing. It's time to think differently about what makes a password secure.
After his assassination, Abraham Lincoln became a beacon of the United States presidency.
Even Donald Trump has paid his respects to Lincoln as an emblem of unity.
Cholla power plant near Joseph City, Arizona, photographed on Jan. 16, 2010.
Coal-fired power plants produce air pollution that kills thousands of Americans every year. President Trump's embrace of coal energy will delay a shift to cleaner fuels that is saving money and lives.
Can an algorithm explain itself?
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A European Union law will require human-understandable explanations for algorithms' decisions. A team of researchers has found a way to provide that, even for complex calculations.
Putting privacy right in the code.
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Most of today's computer languages make it hard for programmers to protect users' privacy and security. The fix is to take those tasks out of human hands entirely.
Hands off – but do we trust the car?
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The ethics and psychology of trust suggest ways we might learn to understand self-driving cars, but also show why doing so might be more challenging than we expect.
Why do voters think Clinton is hiding something?
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There's more than one reason, according to two professors who have studied 25 years of Clinton's public life.
When brains are able to go where their interests lie, everyone benefits.
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Professors in dynamic tech fields won't stay in academia for three or four decades. The best scientists in the world should have the freedom to pursue their careers as they choose.
Can you resist?
Behavioral research shows why a heavy-handed approach like the UK's soda tax works better than the mere warning that San Francisco wants to put in advertisements.
Apple is refusing to back down in its fight with the FBI.
Apple's refusal to back down in its fight with the FBI is a sharp reversal from just a few years ago when it was the government urging tech companies to do more to protect consumer privacy.
Rwanda faces energy isues and renewable energy in rural parts of the country is vital for healthcare.
Rwanda requires the use of renewable energy to power up healthcare clinics in rural parts of the country.
“Unit 61398,” a secretive Chinese military unit believed to be behind many hacking attacks, sits on the outskirts of Shanghai.
Recent data thefts that appear to be carried out by nations are unsettling for many reasons and raise profound questions about how we should handle them.
Tons of social media there for the taking… but is it truly representative of real life?
Behavioral scientists have seized on social media and their massive data sets as a way to quickly and cheaply figure out what people are thinking and doing. But some of those tweets and thumbs ups can…