Nov 9, 2021
Could We Ever Stop a Hurricane in Its Tracks?
Neutralizing a hurricane as it barrels over the ocean might seem like a dumb idea, but if we refused to indulge seemingly dumb ideas, would we ever have, you know, gone to the Moon,...
Sep 7, 2021
When Will There Be a New Solar Superstorm?
Just shy of 162 years ago—on the morning of September 1st, 1859—a hobbyist astronomer named Richard Carrington peered through his telescope and noted, in the sky,...
Jul 6, 2021
What Was the Earliest Music?
People talk about the break between rock ‘n roll and punk, or punk and post-punk, but they almost never talk about micro-fluctuations in musical taste circa ten thousand years...
Jun 29, 2021
When Will Regular People Be Able to Visit the Moon?
As a tourist destination, the Moon doesn’t have a lot to offer: no beaches, no museums, no oxygen. On the other hand, it does have the virtue of being the Moon. The fucking...
Jun 1, 2021
Will We Ever Be Able to 'Talk' With Our Pets?
We’re all familiar with the scene, either straight from the source or through one of thousands of parodies: Lassie bounds up to the farmhand and starts yipping; the farmhand...
Apr 6, 2021
Who Was the Most Evil Scientist in History?
The majority of scientists are, I’d wager, not particularly evil. Most just want to understand plants, or the Moon, or kidneys, or whatever. Conduct little experiments,...
Feb 16, 2021
How Do Animals Perceive Time?
I’m writing this on a Tuesday, at 2:26 p.m. Minutes ago, it was 9 a.m., or so it feels; back then, I was enjoying the delusion, refreshed each morning, that I’d...
Jan 26, 2021
Which Sounds Are the Most Annoying to Humans?
Earlier this month, a kind of chirping, rainforest-y sound sprung up in my apartment. It came from my roommate’s room. At first, I took it for a video game, but then realized...
Jan 5, 2021
Could We Populate Another Planet With GMOs?
Earlier this year, a research team made waves by suggesting that we should disseminate Earth’s microbes on Mars in a preemptive effort to foster a climate hospitable to human...
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