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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Feb 5, 2016 10:15 AM ET
The 2016 RobotArt competition to showcase new wave of robot artists that collaborate with humans and create on their own.
Feb 5, 2016 02:30 PM ET
Experimental nuclear device generates 30 cubic meters of plasma at 80 million degrees (!) Celsius. Continue reading →
Feb 3, 2016 03:30 PM ET
The device was inspired by woodpeckers, which appear to tolerate repetitive head impacts by adjusting the blood flowing to their brains.
Feb 2, 2016 07:00 AM ET
The streamlined Phoenix from SuitX takes a minimalistic approach to bring down the cost. Continue reading →
Jan 29, 2016 11:00 AM ET
From Dutch cruise ships to crashed seaplanes, learn about the Coast Guard's most incredible rescue operations.
Feb 1, 2016 07:00 AM ET
Researchers instruct companion 'bots in the protocol of body language and nonverbal cues.
Jan 27, 2016 01:00 PM ET
This computer uses general machine learning techniques to figure out for itself how to win at an ancient and complex game.
Jan 25, 2016 05:15 PM ET
Low-cost surfacing solution melts ice and snow by running an electric charge through the concrete itself. Continue reading →
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