The future

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Only one viable future

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

There is an amazing, almost magical efficiency to electricity when it is applied to real-world tasks – and it can meet the energy demands of the future without sacrificing standards of living and innovation.

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Non-Stop Party

Monday, 13 May 2013

Reality groaned as the party jumped wholesale, Anywhere orchestrating the hundreds of people in a delicate space-time dance.

COSMOS/em> fiction editor, Cat Sparks, launching her book at the Conflux 9 speculative fiction convention with COSMOS reviews editor Rivqa Rafael. Credit: Robert Hood

The state of flux

Monday, 29 April 2013

Speculative fiction convention Conflux 9, held in Canberra, Australia, over the weekend, offered insights into the hearts of the genre and its people, reports COSMOS reviews editor Rivqa Rafael.

2063 climate (pt 2)

Another day in paradise

Monday, 22 April 2013 - 3 comments

Can we predict the future? Climate scientists say we can, and have been warning us about it for decades, says Stephen Pincock.

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Fields of plenty

Monday, 15 April 2013 - 2 comments

It’s 2063, and life is good. Technology has given Indian farmer Prabhjit Kumar the tools and seeds she needs to feed her family. But can the dream of sustainably feeding the world’s nine billion other mouths be fulfilled?

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Visions of hope

Friday, 12 April 2013

Over the next 50 years, humanity will experience change at an unprecedented pace. What lies ahead? And can science save us from catastrophe during what Sir Martin Rees has dubbed ‘our final century’?

A gravity tractor uses the weakest force in the universe to move an entire asteroid.

Saving Earth from hazardous asteroids

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

If an asteroid was on path for a collision, what could we do? Here are some of the proposals – both the sensible ones and the wild.


“X-Factor” science to receive two billion euros

Monday, 28 January 2013

Research into the wonder material graphene and the neurochemistry of the human brain will receive up to two billion euros in funding, the biggest research award of its kind in history.

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‘Rock’ fix for oceans is badly flawed

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Claims that global warming can be braked by dissolving huge quantities of rock in the sea to absorb carbon emissions are laden with flaws, according to a new study.

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Obama in forceful call to address climate change

Monday, 21 January 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to make climate change a priority as he was sworn in to a second term, using some of his most forceful language yet despite uncertain political prospects.


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