Reality Check, August 2020

Meet the Startup Eyeing Google’s Crown

August 4, 2020

We've entered a new era where coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and surveillance have made many people feel like they are giving up privacy for security.

Automating the Fight Against COVID-19

July 28, 2020

For workers, returning to conference rooms, cubicles, and community kitchens post-COVID can seem too close for comfort.

As AI Goes Deeper, It Needs This Company’s Brain

July 21, 2020

Have you heard of the G-MAFIA in the markets?

A Moonshot Moment for Solar

July 14, 2020

Residential solar installations saw a record first quarter. But then the coronavirus pumped the brakes on customers seeking cheaper energy solutions like solar, with one company even giving it away for free.

This Lifestyle Revolution Will Be Instagrammed

July 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into summer vacations. Fear of getting sick has scratched flying, cruising, and hotels off most people’s travel and adventure plans.

Summer in a Socially Distanced World

June 30, 2020

America turns 244 years old this weekend. But like a lot of us who’ve turned a year older recently, Lady Liberty’s celebration will be more muted than in previous years.

The First Flying Cars Are in Our Line of Sight

June 23, 2020

Most Americans watched The Jetsons on black-and-white TV sets. But William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s most colorful ideas quickly sprung up all around us… and made a lot of people rich in the process.

This Battery of Last-Mile Leaders Is Taking Flight

June 16, 2020

In The Villages, Florida, it’s retirees, not kids, driving the adoption of cutting-edge drone technology.

Overlooked Events Will Accelerate an Explosion in This Technology

June 9, 2020

If there is one big trend that defines 2020, it’s that the coronavirus has lit the fuse on trend acceleration.

The COVID Vaccine Side Effect Only One Company Knows How to Prevent

June 2, 2020

The race is on to find a vaccine for the coronavirus. Some of the world’s best companies and brightest scientific minds are working overtime to develop, test, and bring to market a safe and effective immunity to the virus.

These Firms Are Feeding America’s Appetite for Novel Meat

May 26, 2020

The “Quarantine 15” myth appears to be largely that—a myth.

The Eyes Have It (Maybe Even These Two)

May 19, 2020

Our look at automation and robots in last week’s issue struck a chord of deep interest among Reality Check readers. We received a huge number of responses asking for more coverage of this area of tech.

This Artificial Ingredient Will Slice & Dice the Meat Industry

May 12, 2020

One of the silver linings in the coronavirus era is that we’re spending more time at home than we were just two months ago.

America Comes Home to Dinner

May 5, 2020

Sitting down and eating together was once such an integral part of family life that there’s even a word for it… commensality.

Get Ready for a New American Homecoming

April 28, 2020

As millions of people find themselves out of work right now, others are working overtime.