The Size of a Footprint

Last week, the world’s largest dinosaur footprint was discovered in Australia. It is almost six feet long and is believed to be 100 million years old. We here at Scoville are impressed—and relieved that we will never have to encounter the dinosaur. But the news, combined with a recent piece by Slate’s Starre Vartan, also Read More …

Renewables Can Speak for Themselves

The current administration has made its opinion on climate change very clear. It is, I would argue, pretty safe to assume that over the next four years there will be minimal federal policy efforts intended to reduce the effects of climate change. For those of us who feel strongly about climate issues, things are not Read More …

Changing Attitudes toward Autonomous Vehicles

Last month, PwC released a study about the consumer response to automotive technology—autonomous vehicles included. The responses provide key insights into the changing attitudes towards these high-profile technologies.   Most notably, 66 percent of respondents said that they think that autonomous vehicles are probably safer than the average human driver. This would indicate not only Read More …

The Importance of Clean Tech Investment

We here at Scoville were delighted by last week’s unveiling of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion clean tech investment fund. The fund was launched by billionaire Bill Gates alongside an impressive list of others, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Virgin’s Richard Branson and others. Estimating the group’s total wealth, Quartz deemed it potentially the Read More …

Megaregions and the Future of Planning

This week, Betsy Mason published a great piece with National Geographic about ‘megaregions’ within the U.S. The article discusses recent research conducted by Garrett Nelson of Dartmouth College and Alasdair Rae of the University of Sheffield that uses census data to map commuter paths and ultimately to determine clusters of interconnected cities. These ‘megaregions’ are key as Read More …