Right to Repair
How Hard Is it to Upgrade the RAM in a New iMac? An Investigation by a Noob
To save $600 on an upgrade, I immediately took a knife to my brand new computer.
Why Vegetarians Never Get Free Upgrades on Flights
A former Qantas flight attendant has claimed that passengers with special meal requests are confined to economy.
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How Microsoldering Expert Jessa Jones Repairs Unfixable iPhones
With a background in molecular genetics, the head of iPad Rehab leads a team of mostly women who fix severely damaged iPhones and iPads, even without manufacturer support.
The Fungus That Could Replace Plastic
Simple mycelium filaments can be grown to replace different types of oil-based plastics.
Why I Advocate for Becoming a Machine
Biology is simply not the best system out there for our species’ evolution. It’s frail, terminal, and needs to be upgraded.
The City Park That's Also a Giant Smog-Sucking Vacuum
In this episode of Upgrade, we check out Daan Roosegaarde's air-cleaning project, which is planned for installation in Beijing.
Aquapods Are the Future of Oceanic Fish Farming
We’ve surpassed our capacity to sustainably fish wild caught fish, shrimp, and mollusks from the ocean, and so we’ve turned to aquaculture.
The Magnetic Wand That Cleans Oil Spills
Oil spills are an unavoidable part of our future on this planet, but we could at least clean them up better.
The Fastest Bicycle on Earth
In this episode of Upgrade, we meet the Dutch team behind the VeloX3, which holds the world speed record for pedal-powered bikes.
This Kid Plans to Rid Oceans of Plastic Using Giant Nets and Natural Gyres
Twenty-year-old Boyan Slat plans to rid oceans of plastic using giant nets and natural gyres. It would be the largest structure ever built on the high seas.
MBTV: Upgrade: Making it Rain with Lasers
We've all heard the arguments about peak oil, but who's talking about peak water? Crippling droughts have been felt worldwide in the last year, and our water use is growing at an incredible pace. Climate change doesn't help. For example, a third of the...
Motherboard TV: Upgrade: Flying Around The World In A Solar Powered Plane
It can't be very hard for Bertrand Piccard to explain to his family why he wants to fly around the world with only sunlight for fuel. In the 1930s, his grandfather, Auguste Piccard, a physicist and inventor, applied his excitement and interest in...