Thinking Tech

Big technologies such as aerospace, defense and supercomputing and the systems, infrastructure and innovation that support them.


Smelling death electronically

It's surprising that an electronic device to detect decomposing bodies has not been invented yet. Now researchers are profiling the smell of death that could lead to just a device.


Chicago's parking meter fiasco: privatization or privation?

Privatizing and modernizning city parking meters isn't necessarily a bad idea, but Chicago's execution of a $1.15 billion deal for its 36,000 meters was totally "screwed up."


The economics and politics of supertrains

There is plenty of demand for high-speed rail in major population corridors. What is lacking is a willingness to share risks, an unwillingness born of politics.