Dan Stone

A few shortages on the planet pose fairly ominous threats to humanity. Clean water is becoming scarce in some regions, and energy that simply can’t meet future demands. Some endangered animals have too few remaining individuals. And the political will to solve these problems? We’ve heard that’s been in short supply for decades. One shortage...

For more than a decade, I’ve been fascinated by biomimicry, the way engineers take cues from animals to make airplanes fly faster or submarines glide more efficiently. In Vancouver, British Columbia, we found one of the most advanced biomimicry yet, with some seriously money-saving ways it can be used. Every year in the U.S., about...

For more than a decade, I’ve been fascinated by biomimicry, the way engineers take cues from animals to make airplanes fly faster or submarines glide more efficiently. In Vancouver, British Columbia, we found one of the most advanced biomimicry yet, with some seriously money-saving ways it can be used. Every year in the U.S., about...

On a small mushroom farm tucked away about an hour south of Seattle, Paul Stamets has his nose in the dirt. Under the soil everywhere on Earth is the largest network of organism-to-organism communication—the natural Internet, he calls it. Stamets is one of the world’s leading mycologists (meaning that he studies mushrooms and their root...

On a small mushroom farm tucked away about an hour south of Seattle, Paul Stamets has his nose in the dirt. Under the soil everywhere on Earth is the largest network of organism-to-organism communication—the natural Internet, he calls it. Stamets is one of the world’s leading mycologists (meaning that he studies mushrooms and their root...

Standing on the ground in Vancouver, you’ll see something unique about the skies overhead. Seaplanes are everywhere. They’re easily identified by the heavy set of footwear they lug around that allows them to take off and land from the water. Why are water-landing aircraft so big in Canada? It’s not because they’re the most efficient...

Standing on the ground in Vancouver, you’ll see something unique about the skies overhead. Seaplanes are everywhere. They’re easily identified by the heavy set of footwear they lug around that allows them to take off and land from the water. Why are water-landing aircraft so big in Canada? It’s not because they’re the most efficient...

“Thou shalt not cut down trees” is pretty high up in the environmentalist handbook. Human development has done enough damage to the world, we often hear, leave the trees alone. And besides, they’re the ones dutifully soaking up the carbon dioxide and the floating particulates we pump into the air that can make us sick....

“Thou shalt not cut down trees” is pretty high up in the environmentalist handbook. Human development has done enough damage to the world, we often hear, leave the trees alone. And besides, they’re the ones dutifully soaking up the carbon dioxide and the floating particulates we pump into the air that can make us sick....

Sometimes when we’re on the road for Change Reaction, photographer Spencer Millsap and I can get pretty nerdy. Actually, it’s more just me. Often when Spencer is setting up our cameras to film an interview, I’ll chat with the subject about about his or her research. Fairly quickly, we get to things like pH balance...

Sometimes when we’re on the road for Change Reaction, photographer Spencer Millsap and I can get pretty nerdy. Actually, it’s more just me. Often when Spencer is setting up our cameras to film an interview, I’ll chat with the subject about about his or her research. Fairly quickly, we get to things like pH balance...

Sometimes when we’re on the road for Change Reaction, photographer Spencer Millsap and I can get pretty nerdy. Actually, it’s more just me. Often when Spencer is setting up our cameras to film an interview, I’ll chat with the subject about about his or her research. Fairly quickly, we get to things like pH balance...

The metal cauldron cook stoves that people in developing countries use are simple in design. You fill them with a form of coal, the way you would a barbeque. When a person in a place like Ethiopia or the Congo needs to prepare a meal for her family (and women do much of the cooking...

Like most cities in Europe, Glasgow has a rich past. It was a small merchant town before the industrial revolution, and now, with 600,000 people, it’s the largest city in Scotland. We wanted to visit Glasgow for a unique idea that the Scottish government is developing to meet some ambitious energy goals. By 2015, the...

Like most cities in Europe, Glasgow has a rich past. It was a small merchant town before the industrial revolution, and now, with 600,000 people, it’s the largest city in Scotland. We wanted to visit Glasgow for a unique idea that the Scottish government is developing to meet some ambitious energy goals. By 2015, the...