Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.

O Brothers, where art thou?

Have the Koch brothers jumped the shark?

Or are they just holed up, binging on Netflix, and waiting for this whole Trump thing to be over?

self-driving brewskis

Self-driving truck uses first shipment to deliver Budweiser. Sigh.

The Otto truck transported 51,744 cans of Bud on the 125-mile trip from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Colorado Springs.

Massive Attack

Did your smart thermostat contribute to last week’s big cyberattack?

Could our energy-saving gadgets go rogue and help take out the internet?

Automatic for the people

I went and made all new Teslas autonomous, says Elon Musk. You’re welcome.

All new cars rolling off the Tesla factory line come with full self-driving hardware. Just don't expect the car to drive you anywhere yet.


Oil companies should be scared of electric vehicles.

So says a report by the Fitch credit rating agency, which warns that rapid innovation in batteries could trigger an "investor death spiral."

No iCar for you, buddy

Apple is having second thoughts about building electric, self-driving cars.

The company is reportedly focusing instead on developing software for driverless vehicles that could be used by other car companies.

Hot art

Sometimes you have to melt some ice to make a point.

Art collective Futures North turned pre-industrial ice harvesting techniques and 21st-century computer modeling into a physical model of climate change.


This young engineer wants to convince you that nuclear power is just what the climate needs

Rachel Slaybaugh is excited about new nuclear startups and confident that nuclear energy can be safe.

The air up there

191 nations agree: Airplanes will finally have to cut their gassy contributions to climate change.

Is this great news? Depends on how optimistic you are.