French Design Firms Imagine An Arcology In The Sahara

French architectural design firms Nicholas Laisné Associés and OXO Architectes have put together a concept for a massive arcology for the Saharan desert. The La Tour des Sables would be a self contained city that rises 1,400 feet above the ground, and would be contain living, agricultural and working units. » 7/26/15 2:00pm 7/26/15 2:00pm

Why Do Cicadas Emerge at Prime Intervals of 13 and 17 Years?

Mathematicians are fond of prime numbers. Infinitely numerous yet utterly unique, they play an integral role in number theory and a baffling one in such longstanding mysteries as Goldbach’s conjecture. Nature is partial to primes, as well, as demonstrated by the dramatic 13- and 17-year life cycles of periodic cicadas. » 7/22/15 2:32pm 7/22/15 2:32pm

Marijuana Burdens California Water Supplies More Than Beer or Wine

Anyone following news about California’s drought has read about its effect on nation-nourishing crop yields. But what you probably haven’t read is how the drought is impacting the Golden State’s homegrown vices, including wine, pot, and craft beer—and how their industries are affecting the state in return. » 7/15/15 12:20pm 7/15/15 12:20pm

Researchers Discover Sharks Living In An Active Underwater Volcano

Scientists filming unexplored depths of the South Pacific have observed a surprising range of animals—including sharks, rays, and jellyfish—living inside Kavachi, a highly active undersea volcano near the Soloman Islands, a remote archipelago east of Papau New Guinea. The animals seem unruffled by what were presumed… » 7/09/15 3:30pm 7/09/15 3:30pm

There's A Right Way To Exterminate A Species

We shake our head when we see histories of animals driven to extinction. Why would people so callously kill off an entire species? Then sometimes, we discover there's a invasive, damaging species damaging the ecosystem, and we realize something needs to be done. But can there be a safe way to render something extinct? » 2/18/15 9:00am 2/18/15 9:00am