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Stories by Michael Moyer

12 Events That Will Change Everything

In addition to reacting to news as it breaks, we work to anticipate what will happen. Here we contemplate 12 possibilities and rate their likelihood of happening by 2050

May 19, 2010 — THE EDITORS, Charles Q. Choi, George Musser, John Matson, Philip Yam, David Biello, Michael Moyer, Larry Greenemeier, Katherine Harmon and Robin Lloyd

Attempt to allow sale of elephant ivory fails

The illegal trade in elephant ivory is booming. African elephants are being slaughtered at rates exceeding the former peak in the late 1980s, before Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES (pronounced SITE-ees), banned all trade in elephant products...

March 22, 2010 — Michael Moyer

Fusion's False Dawn

Scientists have long dreamed of harnessing nuclear fusion—the power plant of the stars—for a safe, clean and virtually unlimited energy supply. Even as a historic milestone nears, skeptics question whether a working reactor will ever be possible...

February 24, 2010 — Michael Moyer

How to make more food with transgenic crops

SAN DIEGO—In the next 50 years, humans will have to produce as much food as we have over the entire history of civilization. The planet’s ever-expanding population demands it...

February 22, 2010 — Michael Moyer

The (good and bad) future of the Internet

SAN DIEGO—“We know even now that we are at some fundamental limits of what the Internet can handle,” warned University of California, San Diego processor kc claffy [ sic capitalization ] at the beginning of her talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Diego...

February 22, 2010 — Michael Moyer

Who built the first computer?

Martin Campbell-Kelly’s September article on the origins of computing traces the history of machine computation from Charles Babbage, the 18th century British mathematician, through the 20th century...

September 21, 2009 — Michael Moyer

Recorded Music

The first recordings remained silent for 150 years

September 1, 2009 — Michael Moyer
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis