The Constant Gardener: Robots raise your plants

The future of robotics may be less Terminator and more gardener. Charles Grinnell helped build the world’s largest particle collider at CERN (The European Center for Nuclear Research). Now he’s taken up gardening, or rather, his robots have.

Belkin’s WeMo home automation fails to dazzle

Home automation technologies have been promising to change our lives for decades. Finally, Wi-Fi and mobile devices may be able to deliver on that promise. But Belkin’s WeMo line of products shows we’re not there yet.

Opower embraces big data to lower your utility bill

You want to save money. Utilities want you to conserve energy. Middle-man Opower thinks it can satisfy everyone with a brand-new platform designed to get people excited, yes excited, about energy conservation.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk wades into fight with auto dealers

Last week, Elon Musk responded to accusations — and lawsuits — from traditional car dealers, who claim that Tesla’s factory-owned showrooms violate federal and state automobile sales laws.

Saudi Arabia uses your gas dollars to fund solar energy

Later this year, Saudi Arabia is expected to approve very ambitious plans for a massive array of renewable energy projects. The first installations should be completed next year.