Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Signs of movement

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

Cities

The untested limits — and wonderful naps — of self-driving cars

The new ruling that automated driving systems can legally be considered drivers will usher in all manner of newfangled quandaries on the road.

Cities

It happened to me: The NFL built a “Super Bowl City” in my city

In honor of the big game, downtown San Francisco has turned into an immaculate temple of beer cans.

Living

The X-Files, conspiracy theories, and the ‘90s: The inconvenient truth is out there

The new X-Files reboot weaves climate change into its dark web of conspiracy-theory thinking.

Food

Will climate change move agriculture indoors? And will that be a good thing?

The story of a hot indoor-ag startup offers a window onto the potential and the pitfalls of the new greenhouse-tech movement.

Climate & Energy

Can you turn climate change activism into a game? Here’s how we’ll find out

A new campaign called Get Loud aims to motivate teens to spread the word on climate by getting them to earn points toward prizes.

Politics

How the Koch brothers grew their tentacles

Jane Mayer's new book traces the story of the conservative billionaires who are trying to reshape the American political landscape.

Climate & Energy

How to tell the story of climate change, in photos

It's surprisingly hard to find images that illustrate the drama of climate change activism. A new study tries to understand why.

Politics

The right-wing climate-denial machine is churning faster than ever

A survey of conservative think tank research finds a greater-than-ever volume of studies trying to counter the climate-science consensus.

Whoa, Nelly

Are self-driving cars legal? And if so, can I drive home drunk in one?

In trying to sort out the laws around self-driving car schemes, the government may look for inspiration back to the age of the horse.