The Amazon Rainforest Doesn’t Produce 20% of Our Oxygen, Here’s Why

You may have seen images like this all over social media. The Amazon rainforest is burning, and these images have, understandably, caused international alarm, with media outlets, NGO’s and politicians all weighing in on the conversation about the value of one of the most unique and biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Amidst all the discussion, […]

How Close Are We to Terraforming Mars?

WITH TOWERING VOLCANOES, SWIRLING DUST STORMS, AND PLUMES OF SUBLIMATING DRY ICE AT ITS POLES, THE SURREAL LANDSCAPE OF MARS HAS CAPTURED THE EARTHLY IMAGINATION FOR CENTURIES. BUT WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO MAKE IT HABITABLE? AS IN, A PLACE WHERE WE COULD BREATHE, WALK AROUND WITHOUT OUR BLOOD BOILING, OR EVEN GROW CROPS AND […]

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Trump’s Weird Lie About Raking in Finland: A Closer Look

-President Trump made up another weird thing about a foreign country while attacking a retired Admiral for not getting Osama bin Laden sooner. For more on this, it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] Whether you believe Donald Trump colluded with Russia or not, whether you consider him a threat to […]

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, […]

Why Don’t We Have Functional Biofuel Yet?

Over the last several decades, we’ve poured billions of dollars into biofuel research…so why can’t you fill up with it at the gas station yet? Where are the biofuels?! After all, the gas you put in your car is essentially an ancient biofuel: it used to be organic matter—mostly algae, actually—that over millions of years […]

Trump Attacks the Media as His Allies Blame “Both Sides” for Violence: A Closer Look

-After a week of horrific attacks, President Trump has once again attacked the media while his allies blame both sides for violent rhetoric. For more on this, it’s time for “A Closer Look”. [ Cheers and applause ] In moments of crisis like this, it is clear that Trump is not only incapable of providing […]