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How Many Ways Can We Make Something Invisible?

How Many Ways Can We Make Something Invisible?

Gregory J. Gbur— Invisibility—the ability to make something invisible to visible light—has long been assumed by science to be impossible. This changed in 2006, when two groups of researchers published… READ MORE

New Directions Toward a Clean Energy Future

New Directions Toward a Clean Energy Future

Daniel S. Cohan— After reaffirming the Paris Agreement on his first day in office, President Biden in November 2021 issued a national strategy for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by… READ MORE

Voice Profiling and Freedom

Voice Profiling and Freedom

Joseph Turow— Voice profiling is a gateway drug to a new era of hyper-personalized targeting. Since Apple introduced Siri for the phone in 2010 and Amazon debuted Alexa in 2014—with… READ MORE

“Napalm Girl”

“Napalm Girl”

Tarleton Gillespie— Titled The Terror of War but more commonly known as “Napalm Girl,” the 1972 Pulitzer Prize–winning photo by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut is perhaps the most indelible… READ MORE

Nineteenth-Century Smartphones?

Nineteenth-Century Smartphones?

Laura Forsberg— It is a truism, by this point, that smartphones have revolutionized our lives. In less than fifteen years, we have developed new ways of communicating with friends and… READ MORE

The Voice Catchers

The Voice Catchers

Joseph Turow— Public attention to the voice industry has centered primarily on smart speakers. Dubbed “voice first” devices by marketers, these are cylinders (or more recently other shapes) that sometimes… READ MORE

Invasive Mice and Engineered Genes

Invasive Mice and Engineered Genes

W.M. Adams and K.H. Redford— On Gough Island, a steep speck of land deep in the South Atlantic, giant mice eat albatross chicks as they sit on their nests. They… READ MORE

The Pan-Asian Dream

The Pan-Asian Dream

Jonathan E. Hillman— In 1995, Mahathir revived a plan for a “pan-Asian” railway network. Versions of the idea have existed since the early 1900s, when British and French colonialists built… READ MORE

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