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Restoring the Allure of the Movie Theater

In a tiny private theater in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, filmmaker ­Douglas Trumbull is screening one of his latest creations. At first, the movie looks familiar: it’s footage of astronaut Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in a clip that …Continue reading

Learning to Prosper in a Factory Town

In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in a corner of South Carolina sits a town that should be economically dead. For decades, Greenville was the heart of the state’s textile industry—and its economic engine. First attracted by the area’s fast-moving rivers …Continue reading

$1 Billion Looking for a Home

Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced on December 12 the formation of a $1 billion fund to finance breakthroughs in clean energy. But raising the $1 billion is likely to be the easy part for Gates and the long list of technology and …Continue reading

Elon Musk’s House of Gigacards

Elon Musk named his electric-car company after the engineering genius Nikola Tesla, but the sweeping nature of his vision to replace fossil fuels is reminiscent of Thomas Edison, Tesla’s arch-rival. After creating the incandescent bulb, the home electric meter, and one of …Continue reading

Move Over, Cyber Monday: Here Comes “Black November”

For decades, Black Friday stood alone. The day after Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday shopping season, and was famous for “door buster” discounts on items like televisions and refrigerators designed to entice shoppers into stores. Then, in 2005, the …Continue reading