The authors of "Sulphuric Utopias" chart the history of ideas about fumigation and quarantine, and shed light on the origins of epidemic photography.
The Editors | Apr 2
Renowned scientist and best-selling author Vaclav Smil offers a sweeping look at pandemics that ravaged the world.
Vaclav Smil | Mar 30
Renowned scientist and best-selling author Vaclav Smil meticulously charts one of the single largest causes of non-natural mortality.
Vaclav Smil | Mar 27
Despite privacy concerns, “contact tracing” using GPS data may be our best bet to contain this large and fast-growing pandemic.
Shashi Shekhar & Apurv Hirsh Shekhar | Mar 24
When the French government announced a remarkable new invention by painter Louis Daguerre, American inventor Samuel Morse sensed its commercial potential, sending his imagination wild.
Sarah Kate Gillespie | Mar 16
In the mid-2000s, RFID drew criticism from privacy experts and became the target of far-right conspiracies. It’s poised to re-enter the public imagination.
Jordan Frith | Mar 5
With explosions taking place virtually, how much harder will it be for weapons scientists to confront the destructive power of their work and its ethical implications?
Sherry Turkle | Feb 29
Technologies will soon make it far easier for anyone to make a custom robot. Will this result in a zoo of obnoxious, exotic new creatures?
Illah Reza Nourbakhsh | Feb 20
Even those of us who can’t play a musical instrument or lack a sense of rhythm can perceive and enjoy music. Are we alone?
Henkjan Honing | Jan 30
A once-unthinkable concept is gaining traction and deserves our attention.
David Gunkel | Jan 27