- The Smart Car: a $10,000 plastic car with an integrated steel roll-cage that you can buy out of a vending machine. They park two to a parking space and get 50% better mileage than a Prius. These things are all over the road in Europe, but to make them work for the US market, they're rolling out an SUV -- a tiny, cute, fuel-efficient SUV.
- fMRIs to measure cool: a hipster scientest is putting peoples' heads in a functional MRI box and showing them pictures of cool and uncool objects to see how dorks' and beautiful peoples' brains differ; charmingly told by a dorky scientist ("Fifth grade was also the year that I discovered, to my shame, that the seventh grader I had privately idolized was actually the class dork, a turtleneck-and-glasses-wearing nerd incarnate"), the kicker is the junk science behind the interpretation of the results and the triumph of nerdliness over flash.
- Anti-Darwinists: Religious fundies (and, strangely, George Gilder) have gussied up Creationism with a cloak of information-theory science rhetoric and have successfully lobbied various school districts into getting "Intelligent Design" (dishonest new buzzword meaning "God|Aliens are responsible for humanity") onto the curriculum alongside of Darwin. Infuriating piece, and a textbook example of dirty poltiicking; the author does a fine job of deconstructing the arguments of the Creationists.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.