upgrade

Right to Repair

How Hard Is it to Upgrade the RAM in a New iMac? An Investigation by a Noob

To save $600 on an upgrade, I immediately took a knife to my brand new computer.
Jason Koebler
10.24.17
humans of the year

How Microsoldering Expert Jessa Jones Repairs Unfixable iPhones

With a background in molecular genetics, the head of iPad Rehab leads a team of mostly women who fix severely damaged iPhones and iPads, even without manufacturer support.
Motherboard Staff
2.24.17
videos

The Fungus That Could Replace Plastic

Simple mycelium filaments can be grown to replace different types of oil-based plastics.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
8.19.15
Opinión

Why I Advocate for Becoming a Machine

Biology is simply not the best system out there for our species’ evolution. It’s frail, terminal, and needs to be upgraded.
Zoltan Istvan
8.10.15
videos

The City Park That's Also a Giant Smog-Sucking Vacuum

In this episode of Upgrade, we check out Daan Roosegaarde's air-cleaning project, which is planned for installation in Beijing.
Jaimie Sanchez
12.23.14
videos

Aquapods Are the Future of Oceanic Fish Farming

We’ve surpassed our capacity to sustainably fish wild caught fish, shrimp, and mollusks from the ocean, and so we’ve turned to aquaculture.
Lara Heintz
12.18.14
Technology

The Magnetic Wand That Cleans Oil Spills

​Oil spills are an unavoidable part of our future on this planet, but we could at least clean them up better.
Jaimie Sanchez
12.12.14
videos

The Fastest Bicycle on Earth

In this episode of Upgrade, we meet the Dutch team behind the VeloX3, which holds the world speed record for pedal-powered bikes.
Max Hoppenstedt
12.3.14
videos

This Kid Plans to Rid Oceans of Plastic Using Giant Nets and Natural Gyres

Twenty-year-old Boyan Slat plans to rid oceans of plastic using giant nets and natural gyres. It would be the largest structure ever built on the high seas.
Max Hoppenstedt
9.24.14
Motherboard Blog

MBTV: Upgrade: Making it Rain with Lasers

We've all heard the arguments about peak oil, but who's talking about peak water? Crippling droughts have been felt worldwide in the last year, and our water use is growing at an incredible pace. Climate change doesn't help. For example, a third of the...
Derek Mead
3.22.12
Motherboard Blog

Motherboard TV: Upgrade: Flying Around The World In A Solar Powered Plane

It can't be very hard for Bertrand Piccard to explain to his family why he wants to fly around the world with only sunlight for fuel. In the 1930s, his grandfather, Auguste Piccard, a physicist and inventor, applied his excitement and interest in...
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
11.29.11
Motherboard Blog

Motherboard TV: Upgrade: Building Schools of Robotic Fish to Defend the Ocean

Massive oil spills like the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster last year – or the ongoing disaster along the Niger Delta – are fortunately rare. But smaller scale ocean pollution isn’t.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
11.22.11