Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, electronic health IT, renewable energy, 3D printing, and telematics/car tech for Computerworld.

FAQ: What is blockchain and how can it help business?

Blockchain used to power Brooklyn microgrid for solar energy re-sale

Blockchain used to power Brooklyn microgrid for solar energy re-sale

Siemens and a Brooklyn-based energy start-up have created a blockchain-based microgrid for residents of three neighborhoods to sell energy from rooftop solar panels to each other and the utility.

Blockchain: Overhyped buzzword or real-deal enterprise solution?

Blockchain: Overhyped buzzword or real-deal enterprise solution?

While blockchain technology may be a hotspot in data privacy, experts disagree about whether it’s a good fit for enterprises that have traditionally relied on centralized data control.

Unsubsidized wind and solar now the cheapest source for new electric power

Unsubsidized wind and solar now the cheapest source for new electric power

The cost of installing solar and wind power last year dropped more dramatically than ever before, making renewables less expensive to deploy than any other energy source.

Microgrids: Energy independence (and money saved) for companies

Microgrids: Energy independence (and money saved) for companies

Rising costs and an aging infrastructure are pushing companies, military bases and schools to consider energy microgrids to keep the lights on, save money and reduce greenhouse gases.

Toshiba’s memory biz sale attracts many, including Apple

Toshiba’s memory biz sale attracts many, including Apple

Apple may be considering partnering with its China-based supplier Foxconn to purchase a major stake in Toshiba’s semiconductor unit. That could prompt national security concerns for Japan, which would lose control of an important...

Review: da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix 3D printer produces good quality, multi-colored objects

Review: da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix 3D printer produces good quality, multi-colored objects

The da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix is XZYprinting's first fused filament, fabrication 3D printer capable of using two different colored filaments at the same time. While quality is still average, this machine is surprisingly capable.

Boeing turns to 3D-printed parts to save millions on its 787 Dreamliner

Boeing turns to 3D-printed parts to save millions on its 787 Dreamliner

Boeing will begin using at least four, and perhaps as many as 1,000, 3D-printed titanium parts to construct its new 787 Dreamliner commercial aircraft

CW@50: A half-century of data storage (PDF)

CW@50: A half-century of data storage (PDF)

A free download that explains how storage went from $1 million to 2 cents per megabyte -- and how it evolved from punch cards to data storage, the internet and smartphones.

WD unveils its first portable SSD with internal drive speeds

WD unveils its first portable SSD with internal drive speeds

Featuring speeds of up to 515MBps, WD's new palm-sized My Passport drive is by far the company's fastest portable drive

Six in 10 people believe their lives will improve with autonomous vehicles

Six in 10 people believe their lives will improve with autonomous vehicles

A new study shows connected and autonomous vehicles will transform most people's lives by, among other things, reducing the stress of driving; reducing accidents; and lowering insurance costs.

Coal plummets to 1978 levels as renewables climb

Coal plummets to 1978 levels as renewables climb

For the first time since 2009, U.S. energy production declined mainly due to fossil fuel – and particularly coal -- production dropping 7% over the past year.

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