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Megascale Desalination

On a Mediterranean beach 10 miles south of Tel Aviv, Israel, a vast new industrial facility hums around the clock. It is the world’s largest modern seawater desalination plant, providing 20 percent of the water consumed by the country’s households. Built for …Continue reading

China’s GMO Stockpile

It is a hot, smoggy July weekend in Beijing, and the gates to the Forbidden City are thronged with tens of thousands of sweat-drenched tourists. Few make the trek to the city’s east side and its more tranquil China Agricultural Museum, where …Continue reading

Desalination out of Desperation

Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And more than 80 percent of water for homes and businesses is …Continue reading

5G Wireless Is Coming, and It’s Going to Blow You Away

A massive FCC spectrum release—and new advances in wireless technologies—accelerate an era of incredibly fast data. Mobile data consumption is soaring, but a broad set of technology advances is poised to transform what today’s smartphones and other wireless mobile devices can do—ushering …Continue reading

How to Break Cryptography With Your Bare Hands

With enough technical savvy, simply touching a laptop can suffice to extract the cryptographic keys used to secure data stored on it. Touch sensitive: In a demonstration, a researcher captures cryptographic keys stored on a computer using a sophisticated algorithm that measures …Continue reading