Melting Ski Resorts Have a Snow Machine Problem

Melting Ski Resorts Have a Snow Machine Problem

In late October, the snow elves—that is to say, employees—of the Zermatt Bergbahnen AG ski area in Switzerland fire up their secret weapon: a 30-ton snow-generating goliath known as Snowmaker. For 20 days straight it runs around the clock, churning out 1,900 tons of snow per day. That snow is then ferried up the mountain…

A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet

A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet

The village of Sagara B sits along a red dirt road in the baobab-dotted Dodoma region of central Tanzania, where half-desert savanna meets the Rubeho mountains. It’s home to less than 5,000 people and is so remote no one ever bothered to set up an internet connection. Until four years ago.Over a week, engineers from…

France Plans a Revolution to Rein in the Kings of Big Tech

France Plans a Revolution to Rein in the Kings of Big Tech

During a joint press conference in London with President Emmanuel Macron of France this week, President Trump threatened to impose tariffs on French goods such as champagne, in retaliation for a new tax on large tech companies. As he spoke, Macron’s digital affairs minister, Cédric O, was in Washington, DC, trying to build support for…

This birth control pill only needs to be taken once a month

This birth control pill only needs to be taken once a month

In the US, more than 15 million Americans will spend a few seconds every day locating and swallowing a birth control pill. If the tablet—a cordial of contraceptive hormones that trick the body into thinking it’s pregnant—is swallowed during the same three-hour window each day, the method is pretty close to ironclad. But get off-schedule…