Technology

Drones intrude on the outdoor experience
Drones intrude on the outdoor experience
As drones become less expensive, they’re also becoming more ubiquitous outdoors.
Why has fashion trumped utility on the trail?
Why has fashion trumped utility on the trail?
Outdoor pursuits now come with a price tag that’s unattainable for many.
Pledge allegiance to the Earth, not a flag
Pledge allegiance to the Earth, not a flag
Raise up the vulnerable voices of the elderly, impoverished and the wild earth, too.
Malheur arrests, as they happened on social media
Malheur arrests, as they happened on social media
As the Tuesday’s confrontation unfolded, key information came out on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Pot dollars and range riders
Pot dollars and range riders
News in brief.
New clues to the past in Nevada's desert fossils
New clues to the past in Nevada's desert fossils
Scientific inquiry is a process of constant revision. And revision is where the most intriguing discoveries happen.
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
The last stand of the West's fire lookouts
Fire detection is becoming more technologically advanced, as the old-fashioned watchtower goes extinct.
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
A pair of architects are reinvisioning the city's relationship with water, starting with storm runoff.
Ranch Diaries: Selfie culture meets rustic ranch life
Ranch Diaries: Selfie culture meets rustic ranch life
We miss a lot with a device in front of our eyes, a filter between us and the real world.
Is aerial firefighting worth it?
Is aerial firefighting worth it?
Aerial firefighting is dangerous, expensive and environmentally damaging. So why do we do it?
In the middle of nowhere, a Promised Land
In the middle of nowhere, a Promised Land
A community with environmental sensitivities makes a home in Arizona’s desert.
Is tech ruining the wilderness?
Is tech ruining the wilderness?
Documenting recreation on Instagram, Strava and YouTube is changing the way we experience the outdoors.
Illegal flights persist despite national park drone ban
Illegal flights persist despite national park drone ban
Early season drone reports are outpacing the number of incidents last year.
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Why rare-earth mining in the West is a bust
Forget the hype. In the global rush for energy-critical elements, our region can't compete.
Tucson’s rain-catching revolution
Tucson’s rain-catching revolution
In the Sonoran Desert, rainwater harvesting is finally going mainstream.
Can our own ingenuity upend natural laws?
Can our own ingenuity upend natural laws?
Reflections on the health of my heart and the making of Hoover Dam.
The art – and science – of forecasting wildfires
The art – and science – of forecasting wildfires
This model could eliminate guesswork and predict fire according to geography.
Mapping Earth's hidden water
Mapping Earth's hidden water
A new NASA satellite will measure the planet's soil moisture.
Game of drones
Game of drones
Nevada looks to the boom in unmanned aerial vehicles for an economic boost.
USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3D
USGS launches a billion-dollar initiative to map the West in 3D
LIDAR is about to become more widespread -- helping agriculture, pilots and homeowners.