Upward Bound: Space Farming

Since the dawn of agriculture, few things have troubled farmers more than clouds in the sky when they want none or their absence when they’re desperate for a drop of rain. But things change when you’re doing your farming above the clouds, in space. Last time in the series we discussed power satellites, a way […]

Could We Terraform Venus?

The idea of terraforming a planet has long been an idea routed in science fiction, but some strides are being made to show that it is possible. But instead of doing it on Mars, can we terraform Venus to make it a place we can live? Join us as we explore this line of thinking. […]

Commerce, Agriculture, and Slavery: Crash Course European History #8

Hi I’m John Green and this is Crash Course European History. So, last time, we were focusing on queens and kings and rivalries.Today we’re gonna take a break from struggles over religion and political disputes that made for so much violence and look instead at some basics of everyday life–the foods people ate centuries ago, […]

Aerogel Could Be the Key to Colonizing Mars, Here’s How

Mars is a harsh planet. Between its lack of a breathable atmosphere, no protection from UV rays, and temperatures that can range from a pleasant 20 to a hellish minus 153 degrees Celsius, Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids. Science fiction thinks we can solve these problems with terraforming; you know, […]