An informative interview of a physicist who happens to be taking on “computationally intractable problems” such as sequencing traffic light flows so they in theory would be green all the time when needed. Here’s a link to the article.
At the same time, some important developments are highlighted such as the use of peroxide materials to enable thin-film solar panels to cover the glass enclosures of skyscrapers. I’m also intrigued how discarded plastics are being reformed into bricks for housing.
Though not mentioned in this article, if you’ve noticed the newer resurfaced roads are ultra-quiet, it could well be due to an emergent practice of grinding up old tires and mixing them with asphalt. Here’s an overview article on “crumb rubber” and also a comprehensive explanation of Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) from Wikipedia.