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.

Plug Ugly

Electric cars are so popular we’re running out of plugs

We’re in an era of cutthroat plug competition — which is both good and bad.

Do You Believe in Miracles

How do we turn coal jobs into solar jobs? Wizards, perhaps?

A new study from the journal Energy Economics has a plan to assimilate coal miners into the solar industry.

Just Plane Fancy

NASA has some wild ideas for the future of flying

NASA says it will start studying a bunch of cutting-edge aviation ideas -- four of which could make air travel much cleaner than it is today.

power trip

Is Apple trying to be your iUtility?

Apple can sell electricity now. What next?

commuter programming

Forget free wi-fi: America just wants buses that show up on time

Transit officials bribe riders with high-tech perks, when they really just want a fast, reliable way to get around.


Are giant suction cups the key to cheap wind power?

Sometimes the future looks like a toilet plunger, and that's OK.

buggin' out

The 4 most scandalous charges against Volkswagen

New York's lawsuit paints the car company as one big pajama party of deception.

You get a bus and you get a bus!

“Tiny buses for everyone!” says Elon Musk

Tesla has a new master plan, now that everything else is going so well.

bright spot

Obama tries to revive a grassroots solar program

Now it should be easier for homeowners to put panels on their roofs.