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.


Poll pushes Hillary to embrace a strong clean energy stand

A new survey of swing-state voters finds consistently strong backing for tough restrictions on carbon emissions and energy efficiency.


Just how big can bug-ranching grow?

Today, growing insects for food is a fringe phenomenon. And unless we can figure out ways to bring down the price of edible bugs, it may stay that way.

Climate & Energy

Education increases belief in climate change — everywhere except in the U.S.

A study of Gallup poll data from around the world finds some surprising universal principles about climate beliefs -- and some critical exceptions.


Why do we turn up our noses at eating bugs?

The lines we draw around what's acceptable to put in our mouths have more to do with culture and climate than with science or nutrition.


Potholes on the road to highway funding might put us on a better course

Congress is deadlocked on extending the Highway Trust Fund. Maybe it's time to rethink the whole idea.

Business & Technology

This chip will stop you from crying over spoiled milk

Researchers have embedded a wireless sensor in a milk cap that warns you when bacteria are running amok in the carton.


Toyota’s futuristic iRoad looks like a jellybean, and drives like one, too

Toyota's iRoad may not be where the car industry is going, but it's one heck of a souped-up, whacked-out golf cart.

Water flowing underground

This amazing map is a guide to San Francisco’s hidden waterways

A new map shows where you can catch glimpses of San Francisco's original watershed system underneath the urban skin.


Trucks kill bicyclists all the time. This tool could change that

Trucks are singularly lethal vehicles when it comes to accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. But there's a way to make them less deadly.