Science & Technology

From Regulation to Recycling, Northeast Ohio Is Tackling the Plastic Pollution Problem

Plastic waste is everywhere.  From the bottle it’s sold in to the wrapper surrounding it, almost every product in stores has a plastic component, leading...

Long Before 2024, Eclipses Shaped the Fate of Nations

This story was written in tandem with a new podcast called “Eclipsing History,” produced by the department of history at Bowling Green State University...

From Iowa to England, the World’s Newest Cloud Is Challenging the Status Quo

The Cloud Appreciation Society founder Gavin Pretor-Pinney first received a photo of a peculiar wave-like cloud formation from a woman in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,...

A New Silicon Heartland: How Midwest Academic Institutions Aim to Revitalize U.S. Semiconductor Production

In August 2022, President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act, affirming the United States’ commitment to revitalizing its ailing, but formerly dominant,...

Is the Midwest Winning the Wrong Race to Automate?

Imagine a robot. You’re probably envisioning a futuristic, humanoid figure in a high-tech lab or a home designed for 2050. But you’re actually most likely to see a robot somewhere in the forgotten manufacturing towns of the Midwest, being supervised and utilized by everyday, blue-collar workers in car factories or food processing plants.

The Attraction of Food Service Work Is Plummeting. And Delivery Robots are Thriving.

You’re writing an essay in the campus library when your stomach rumbles. You pull out your phone and order pizza from the dining hall...

Building the Midwest’s Carbon-free Future with Nuclear Energy

In 1942 in a laboratory beneath the bleachers of the University of Chicago’s football field, Enrico Fermi and a team of scientists set the...

Engineer Misako Hata on Innovating to Help Rural Ohio’s Small Businesses Thrive

In 2018, Athens, Ohio was ranked the poorest county in the state with a poverty rate of 30.6%. Located in the heart of Appalachia,...

How Ohio Is Paving the Road for its Electric Vehicle Industry

I remember when electric vehicles first began colonizing the gas stations along Interstate 5, the long, open California highway that stretches from the verdant...

How 3D Printing Is Re-envisioning the Future of Post-industrial Cities

In 2009, John Wilczynski was working as a quality planner at GM’s Pontiac Metal Center in Michigan when the company filed for bankruptcy. Over...

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