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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Sep 1, 2015 02:16 PM ET
Game developers turn a terrier into a sci-fi worm critter -- all in the name of virtual safety.
Sep 1, 2015 07:00 AM ET
Images from orbit capture the wide range of urban development on the planet.
Aug 31, 2015 01:36 PM ET
A portable, directed-energy weapon system can be set up in minutes and disable a flying target. Continue reading →
Aug 27, 2015 03:25 PM ET
An anti-drone system could appeal to anyone concerned about unauthorized drones spying, smuggling or otherwise causing security concerns.
Aug 25, 2015 11:25 AM ET
A biotech company has expanded DNA's molecular code, opening the possibility of creating new kinds of life on Earth.
Aug 24, 2015 03:35 PM ET
A prescription medicine initially developed to treat a chronic sleep disorder works as an effective cognitive enhancer, research suggests. →
Aug 25, 2015 07:00 AM ET
We look at 10 engineering marvels from over the years and around the planet.
Aug 21, 2015 02:12 PM ET
Mind-machine interface system could help disabled people walk. Continue reading →
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