Business & Technology

Business & Technology

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition lures in smart students with big ideas

More than 100 teams are presenting their pod designs in Texas this weekend. Finalists will compete at SpaceX headquarters later this year.


Mushroom burial suit turns dead bodies into clean compost

Meet the Infinity Burial Suit.

Driverless cars: Utopian idea could lead to commute from Hell

Billions are being invested in autonomous vehicles. But is that a good thing?

Is Obama blocking smart hydropower development?

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski says the president is standing in the way of fully developing this renewable energy source. Is she right?


This electric concrete melts snow on impact

Electrically heated concrete could make snow shovels obsolete. But is it sustainable?

Climate & Energy

Forget energy storage. We can go renewable without it, scientists say

An "interstate for electrons" could solve the intermittency problem with wind and solar by sharing North Dakota's wind power with New York.

No parking? Self-driving cars could have a huge effect on our cities

You've heard about how robocars are going to upend the economy. But have you thought about what they'll do to urban space?


Plant hackers trade software for DNA, still live with their parents

Self-taught "biohackers" are trying to make blue roses and glowing plants.

Angry moms get gun-toters booted from Whole Foods

These women didn't let openly carried firearms stand between them and organic asparagus water.