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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May 29, 2015 01:28 PM ET
TV's nerdiest comedy partners with UCLA to support undergraduates majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Continue reading →
May 28, 2015 02:31 PM ET
Designed for use in military operations, customized Ripsaw tanks will also be made available for recreational market. Continue reading →
May 27, 2015 01:23 PM ET
The long-limbed CHIMP will go up against dozens of competitors in a simulated disaster-response course. Continue reading →
May 28, 2015 07:00 AM ET
Concepts from yesteryear about far-out technology prove how elusive the future can be.
May 22, 2015 05:00 PM ET
British team is holding speed tests this weekend for a world record attempt in September. Continue reading →
May 21, 2015 12:00 PM ET
We kick off our 2035 series on technology predictions with a look at the perils of forecasting the future.
May 19, 2015 03:17 PM ET
MIT professor introduces photosynthetic prototype that generates fuel and emulates human gastrointestinal tract. Continue reading →
May 18, 2015 11:14 AM ET
Inspired by origami, pocket-sized quadcopters could be self-deployed and snap to attention in disaster areas.
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