Matthew Phelan

Matthew is a reporter and former chemical engineer. He’s written crap for The New Republic, InsideClimate News, Jacobin, and Gawker, where he founded their conspiracy vertical Black Bag. It will upset him if Michael Beasley leaves the Knicks.
Entertainment
'X-Files' 25th Year Anniversary: Still TV’s Most Relevant Political Drama
Matthew Phelan
Forget 'The West Wing' or 'The Wire,' the best political education comes from Mulder and Scully.
Innovation
The Dirty Business of Making Solar Panels Can Making Shopping for One Tough
Matthew Phelan
Which companies are responsible? Which aren't? The answers aren't so easy.
Innovation
Do Solar Panels Work? MIT Puts Dollar Amount on Pollution's Economic Impact
Matthew Phelan
Study finds that dirty solar panels cost Delhi, India $20 million a year.
Innovation
Think 2018 Will Be the Hottest Year on Record? I'll Bet $78.46 You're Wrong
Matthew Phelan
The data backs me up.
Innovation
Shapeshifting Material Transforms Under Light and Heat
Matthew Phelan
The new material can even be tuned to specific temperatures and wavelengths of light.
Innovation
IBM's Barista Drone Patent Brings Biometric Sensors and Auctions to Coffee
Matthew Phelan
The new barista drones would have biometric sensors and cameras to plum your "cognitive state"
Innovation
4D-Printed Ceramic Materials Could Revolutionize Computing and Aerospace
Matthew Phelan
(Time is the fourth dimension here.)
Innovation
"Most Wear-Resistant Metal Alloy in the World" Developed in New Mexico
Matthew Phelan
It's 100 times more durable than high-strength steel.
Innovation
The Lakers' New Practice Facility is Solar-Powered, Photos and Video Show
Matthew Phelan
The team projects that the panels will pay for themselves in four years.
Innovation
Google's Plan for Toronto Takes Shape as "Trojan Horse" Criticisms Persist
Matthew Phelan
But residents seem more concerned with the parts of the plan they can't see.
Innovation
Phone Battery Life Can Now Be Extended by Installing This Simple New App
Matthew Phelan
Great news for people who use multi-window mode in Android Nougat
Innovation
Sea Diving Robots Made a Mysterious Climate Change Discovery in Antarctica
Matthew Phelan
Bad news, yes. But bad news found in a really cool new way.
Innovation
How Can We Save the Amazon and Restore Depleted Fisheries? End Tax Havens
Matthew Phelan
Data from the 'Paradise Papers' and the 'Panama Papers' revealed the relationship.
Innovation
How Artificial Intelligence and 360-Cameras Are Helping to Save Coral Reefs
Matthew Phelan
It also involves scuba diving with 360-degree cameras, which sounds fun.
Science
The Journey of NASA's Parker Solar Space Probe, in Verse
Matthew Phelan
Submitted for your approval, a poem about the launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe.
Science
Astrophysicists Lock Horns Over Solution to 'Black Hole Paradox'
Matthew Phelan
"Some of it's brilliant and wonderful and some of it is crap."
Innovation
Climate Scientists at Berkeley Have Killed the Chemtrail Myth for Good
Matthew Phelan
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley say global-scale geoengineering would likely harm agricultural crops and lower yields. 
Innovation
Surveillance Tech: Can Cryptography Help Avert State Surveillance Dystopia?
Matthew Phelan
Courts demanding private information from tech companies would report their efforts with a cryptographic ledger.
Innovation
Meeting Paris Agreement Global Warming Goals May Require Lots More Forests
Matthew Phelan
But we also have to grow them in the right places.
Innovation
Facial Recognition for Police Is Enabled by Preferential Internet Access
Matthew Phelan
Law enforcement and first responders are getting an exclusive slice of AT&T's high-speed broadband network.