Glenn McDonald writes about culture and technology from his home in lovely Chapel Hill, NC. He’s a regular contributor to NPR, the Raleigh News & Observer, Indy Week and many quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore. You can say hello virtually at

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Jul 24, 2015 03:19 PM ET
Solar-powered gadget can harvest half a liter of water per hour.
Jul 23, 2015 11:45 AM ET
The TF-X is designed for vertical take off and landing, with a fully autonomous piloting system -- and emergency parachute.
Jul 22, 2015 01:25 PM ET
Handheld molecular scanner pairs with your phone to scan any substance, material or even food. Continue reading →
Jul 20, 2015 03:05 PM ET
Canada's hitchBOT heads south, traveling from Boston to San Francisco. Hopefully. Continue reading →
Jul 20, 2015 12:40 PM ET
Innovators chipping away at our porcelain tradition.
Jul 17, 2015 10:23 AM ET
Solar powered waste management stations will soon offer high-throughput wireless signals on street level. Continue reading →
Jul 17, 2015 02:39 PM ET
A strain of marine algae with twice the nutritional value of kale has a surprisingly powerful, meaty taste when fried. Continue reading →
Jul 15, 2015 02:24 PM ET
Phone data can help identify depression with 87 percent accuracy. Continue reading →
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