“It’s clear Mr. Jia doesn’t have any money,” Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwarz recently said of Jia Yueting, the tech mogul behind the mysterious Silicon Valley car startup Faraday Future. This does not look good.
Downtown Reno is bleak. It calls itself the “Biggest Little City in the World,” a name left over from a different legal and moral era, when the economy rode high on gambling and out-of-state travelers seeking divorce. That fortune has long since ebbed, and on Virginia Street, Reno’s main drag, the casinos keep company…
For the past few years the future of the most famous temporary city on Earth has been in limbo. The annual Burning Man festival has grown larger than its site can feasibly accommodate from an environmental perspective, causing some Burners to break off and start their own events. Now, the acquisition of property…
A hyperloop startup has built the first full-scale test track for the transportation system in the desert outside Las Vegas. Today, Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) accelerated a test vehicle down a rail track at speeds of up to 300 mph using the hyperloop’s propulsion technology. It looked like a…
Much like the city in which it was originally founded, the annual Burning Man festival has gentrified, and its wealthier attendees have been criticized for building walled-off compounds and bringing private chefs in the name of comfort. That’s why a group of longtime Burners who also happen to be tech company…
Outfitting your roof with solar panels can be a great way to save energy and money. Right? Well, you won’t save as much money in California, where new rules will force rooftop panel owners to shell over some extra money to their local energy provider—even if they don’t need them at all.
The mysterious new car company Faraday Future, who promises to have electric cars on the road by 2020, managed to secure 335 million dollars in incentives from the State of Nevada for its new billion dollar manufacturing facility.
Kia and sister company Hyundai are dumping $2 billion into autonomous driving tech through the next three years. They plan to get this into cars as ‘driver-assists’ by 2020, have a completely self-driving car by 2030, and it all starts now with the company’s license to test it in Nevada.
Republican politicians want to sell your National Forests, Wildernesses and Wildlife Refuges to private interests. And that’s particularly controversial out west, where state economies rely on outdoor recreation for billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs. New data shows this will be a hot issue in key…
The family that owns 400 acres of Nevada land just three miles from the famed Area 51—and has owned said land for over 100 years, long before the secretive military facility moved in—is fighting an “eminent domain” takeover by the US government, according to CNN.
President Obama just created three new National Monuments, protecting over 1 million acres of land in California, Nevada and Texas for the enjoyment of the American people. Where are they, why were they protected and how can you use them? Let’s take a detailed look at each.
Remember when you were a kid and you got a “participation award” for just showing up to your soccer games? Well, the US government had a similar certificate that it’d hand out. As you can imagine, it was for something a bit more serious: Nuclear tests during the Cold War.
Freightliner just unleashed the first real, road-legal autonomous big rig on the roads of Nevada. Here’s what that actually means and why it really matters.
This futuristic night view of Las Vegas was captured from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules when it was landing after a training mission, during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, on February 9th 2015. [Senior Airman Thomas Spangler/U.S. Air Force]
Friday was a big day at the drone testing facility in Boulder City, Nevada. It was the day that the first drone authorized to fly without FAA approval would take to the air. The bright orange unmanned aircraft, Magpie, did just that—and then it crashed to the ground in an embarrassing cloud of dust two seconds later.
If cooking is science for hungry people, brewing is applied chemistry for thirsty people. The Gedrinken Experiment will explore the brews and spirits inspired by science. The first entry is Great Basin Brewing Company bringing a Triassic beast back from extinction as the Ichthyosaur IPA.
Speculation for months about where Tesla would make the batteries to power its Model 3 EV electric vehicles has finally ended, with confirmation today that Elon Musk has decided where to erect his Gigafactory. The big winner? Nevada.
Why let all the big cities have all the gentrification, design battles, and corporate takeovers? This week we focus on the towns—including a famous temporary one in the desert, population 50,000. It's a small-city edition of What's Ruining Our Cities.
Americans who can claim themselves "born-and-raised" are far more rare in some parts of the country. While most states count at least half of their current population as natives, there's a pretty large anomaly when you get to Nevada: Only 25 percent of its current residents were born in the state where they live.…
If driverless cars give you the jitters, how about computer-assisted trucks instead? Because two 18-wheelers in Nevada look set to use automation to make them safer and more efficient—and they could be on the roads as soon as 2015.