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Evan Ackerman

Evan Ackerman is a native Oregonian who now lives, somewhat unwillingly, in San Francisco. He has a background in creative writing and astrogeology, neither of which are necessarily appropriate for someone who is now a full-time blogger. Evan also writes for IEEE Spectrum's robotics blog, and when he's not parked at his computer with his eyes glazed over, you can find him getting injured on a soccer field or playing bagpipes excellently.

 
It's not fast and it's not comfortable, but Canada's Alerion supermileage car trounced the competition at the Shell Eco-marathon, turning in a mind-bending fuel efficiency of 2,500 miles per gallon. That's about ten gallons to drive all the way around the planet at the equator, or about 90 gallons to get from here to the moon.
 
As a repository for all human knowledge, Google must be able to see the future, or at least have as good of an idea of what's going to happen as the combination of everyone who posts stuff online. xkcd put this to the test by Googling variations of "by the year...," and while the good news is that we'll be immortal by 2040, the bad news is that the world's gonna end in 2012.
 
It's Earth Week here at Syfy, which is all well and good, but what's the point of being green if there's nothing in it for you, right? The reason you should care about renewable energy is that it gives you lots of ways to start generating your own energy to power all those thirsty gadgets you love, and thanks to the many miracles of future technology, you won't even notice that you're doing it.
 
One way to improve just about anything without spending too much money and/or effort on it is to just make it less inefficient. There's a lot of inefficiency in our wireless networks, and researchers at MIT have been able to use simple GPS tricks to reduce dropped calls and improve data rates.
 
There's more to Admiral Ackbar than simply an uncanny sense for detecting traps. Much, much more. This 1983 behind the scenes special from Return of the Jedi features some outtakes of Ackbar singing about how ugly he is, as well as him saying "penetrate it" over and over. It's priceless.

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