Articles by

Gregory Barber

The US Is Measuring Extreme Heat Wrong

In the late 1970s, a physicist and textiles engineer in Texas named Robert Steadman published a paper...

California’s Heat Wave Is a Big Moment for Batteries

During a late summer heat wave in California, golden hour becomes danger hour. In the offices of...

Can a Particle Accelerator Trace the Origins of Printing?

Other Asian innovations, like paper and gunpowder, have a clear record of dissemination to Europe, with artifacts...

How Clean is ‘Clean’ Hydrogen?

The Democrats’ new climate bill, which was passed by the US Senate on Sunday, has been described...

Carbon Offsets Alone Won’t Make Flying Climate-Friendly

Jet A-1, a straw-colored, kerosene-based fuel used in most big airplanes, is a difficult substance to replace....

Nuclear Power Plants Are Struggling to Stay Cool

From its humble start as a glacial trickle in the Swiss Alps, the Rhône River quickly transforms...

Can Reengineered Aluminum Help Fill the Demand for Copper?

Consider, for a moment, the electrical wire, a pervasive technology that’s extremely easy to forget. Spooled up...

Climate Change Breaks Plant Immune Systems. Can They Be Rebooted?

Much of this work has been done on the hardy arabidopsis—“the lab rat of plants,” as He...