I’m an experienced technology and business journalist currently writing for various outlets including MIT Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, Greentech Media, the Guardian, GreenBiz, the Boston Globe, and Scientific American. I previously worked as a reporter at tech news site CNET, where I managed the Green Tech blog, and as executive editor of enterprise IT publication InfoWorld.

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Fish Get Pedigrees, the High-Tech Way

Entrepreneurs are bringing technology to the ancient business of hauling fish from the sea. They aim to improve the traceability of wild-caught fish in an effort to make the industry economically and environmentally sustainable.

The Boston Globe

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Fracking fuels water tech innovation 

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Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Corbis

 

The energy industry’s growing demand for water is spurring water-treatment innovation that could spill over into other sectors.

Guardian Sustainable Business

 

 

Why Cheap Biofuels from Superbugs Fell Short

credit: Jonathan Remis, JBEI

credit: Jonathan Remis, JBEI

 

LS9 was a synthetic biology pioneer created by premier scientists and top-flight venture capitalists to make low-cost fuels such as diesel from sugar. But companies formed to make biofuels from genetically engineered microbes have yet to produce fuel at scale or compete with petroleum on price.

MIT Technology Review

 

Making Ethanol from Waste Gas and Water

Stanford researchers develop a copper catalyst that can efficiently convert carbon monoxide and water to ethanol. If perfected, it could provide an economic incentive for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. MIT Technology Review

Converting CO2 to Chemicals and Fuels

Liquid LightStartup Liquid Light has an electrochemical process for making valuable chemicals from waste carbon dioxide–a route towards potentially making chemicals and fuels with renewable solar and wind.

MIT Technology Review

 

Nuclear Power Joins the Startup Scene

A handful of scientist-entrepreneurs want to reinvent nuclear power with novel reactor designs. (New Scientist)

Microgrids and the Future of Energy 

Everyone agrees that distributed energy is changing the electric grid, but whether microgrids and distributed energy fundamentally reshape the energy system is still up for grabs. GreenBiz

Bio-box cleans wastewater, generates power

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Boston-based startup Cambrian Innovation tries to bring innovation to industrial wastewater with biological reactor that uses microbes to turn waste into energy. 

IEEE Spectrum

Clean tech finance:

Is it Easier for Cleantech Firms to Cross the “Valley of Death?” (Greentech Media)

Clean-tech Investors Venture into Sustainability (The Guardian)

 

A liquid fix for computing’s energy footprint?

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Cooling servers with liquids–either by dunking servers in a bath of fluids or circulating water directly into server racks–could greatly cut energy use, but it faces cultural barriers in commercial data centers.

IEEE Spectrum

 

NRG to disrupt utilities with basement generator

DEKA-stirling_310_183Dean Kamen, Segway inventor, is now bringing energy autonomy and Stirling engines powered by natural gas to the home. Will the utility-run electric grid only be used as back up to consumers and businesses?

Greentech Media

 

Bright Lights, Big City–Big Battery

Part of a two megawatt-hour battery in the basement of a luxury high-rise in lower Manhattan.

Cities are a key proving ground for commercial energy storage technologies, offering businesses a way to shave peak power charges–and make the grid more resilient.

Scientific American

 

GE Will Make Jet Engine Part with Additive Manufacturing

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Think 3-D printing is overhyped? GE, the world’s largest manufacturer, is on the verge of using 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, to make parts for a fuel-efficient jet engine.

 

MIT Technology Review