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16 April 2019

Nathan Myhrvold on the Transformative Powers of Metamaterials

Metamaterials have patterns that can be programmed to interact with light in ways that normal materials can't. Nathan Myhrvold explains the uses for metamaterials in areas such as 5G and autonomous vehicles, and discusses the different tech startups that Intellectual Ventures is investing in.

22 February 2019

Nuclear goes retro — with a much greener outlook

Returning to designs abandoned in the 1970s, start-ups are developing a new kind of reactor that promises to be much safer and cleaner than current ones. “The nuclear industry was not in an innovation frame of mind for 30 years,” says TerraPower’s Myhrvold. That has been changing.

16 January 2019

Washington state’s tech billionaires pour cash into global health

Gifts from pioneering philanthropists have equipped the US state for a frontline battle against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Myhrvold says that the state has a range of specialist enterprises that make it particularly attractive to those involved in this sort of work. “The Seattle area is the Silicon Valley of saving the world,” he says.

19 December 2018

“Modernist Breadcrumbs” podcast dives into the history, science, and art of bread making

All 16 episodes, which aired from Oct. 4 2017 to Dec. 19, 2018, are now available free online.

30 November 2018

Modernist Cuisine’s New Seattle Gallery Features Local Washington Farmlands

Images from Washington currently on display include two broad landscapes of the Palouse farming region in Eastern Washington and a four-hour exposure of a red wine glass at night with the stars circling overhead, shot at Leonetti Cellars’ vineyard in Walla Walla. Two additional Palouse landscapes are waiting in the wings

30 November 2018

Hungry for art? Nathan Myhrvold’s new Modernist Cuisine Gallery is a photographic feast

Nathan Myhrvold calls himself the worst bartender in the world. He spills every drink he makes — and sometimes he does it with a purpose. That purpose would be art.

29 November 2018

New gallery for food lovers is opening in downtown Seattle

Modernist Cuisine's new Seattle gallery features founder Nathan Myhrvold's unique food photographs. Host Martha Larson interviews Nathan about the innovative ways he creates his stunning images.

18 November 2018

Feast for the Eyes

David Pogue interviews Nathan for this segment headlined "Picture perfect: Nathan Myhrvold's eye-popping pictures of food"

22 August 2018

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet

The environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption. The technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. A debate that’s been around for decades has become a shouting match. Is anyone right?

15 June 2018

Tech titan Nathan Myhrvold revisits NASA asteroid argument in peer-reviewed paper

Nathan Myhrvold is back, and this time he’s got peer review on his side. Two years ago, the Seattle tech pioneer tangled with NASA and the scientists behind an infrared sky survey mission known as NEOWISE, over a data set that cataloged the characteristics of more than 157,000 asteroids. In a lengthy assessment, Myhrvold said the NEOWISE team had made flawed and misleading correlations between the brightness and the size of asteroids.