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The Martian: Please Don't Bring Him Home

Greg Autry | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology
Greg Autry

I'm excited that The Martian did a pretty great job of representing science and engineering accurately and trusting the audience to be smart enough to enjoy that. Despite a few minor technical arguments, I give The Martian an "A" in engineering, but a big fat "F" in econ.

Transforming Deserts Into Farmland

XPRIZE | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green

While the Sahara Forest Project may not achieve results like that for years--if ever--the test site is proving the concept today, and it's worth watching the project to see whether the technologies--and the economics--work out in the long run.

Don't Flee to Mars, but Maybe Send the Tea Party There

Mike Sandler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Mike Sandler

It is tempting to ponder the Tea Party exiling themselves to Mars so that the climate activists can finally get a climate bill passed in Congress and solve our Earthly problems. But wishful thinking aside, our mammalian brains must resist the urge to flee.

Diverting the Missouri River to the West: 'Can' Does Not Mean 'Should'

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 02.11.2013 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Terraforming is not science fiction but reality: humans are remaking the surface of our planet. We are altering the composition of the planet's atmosphere and fundamentally changing the entire global climate.

How Alien 'Hairspray' May Help Us Find E.T.

Posted 02.12.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 11/27/2012 06:37 AM EST on Hairspray might one day serve as the sign that aliens have reshaped distant...

The Climate Changed World of 2312 With Kim Stanley Robinson

Jerry Cope | Posted 08.13.2012 | Books
Jerry Cope

The brilliant and highly decorated science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson has published an expansive new novel set in the near future, entitled 2312. In this visionary portrait of a possible future, humanity has spread throughout the solar system.

Green Guilt

Ben Stoddard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ben Stoddard

Recently I got into an argument with my coworker over terraforming Mars. Sure, it's a long way off but things going the way they are, you never know when you might have to jump ship.