Hilarious webcomic story imagines the lunar colonies turned into the…

Zach Weinersmith's Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is always funny and thoughtful, but he's at his sharpest when he's spinning quick comic science fiction stories. This week, Weinersmith takes us to a moon populated entirely by winners of silly contests, and what happens when the lunar colonies are turned into a… » 3/02/13 12:30pm 3/02/13 12:30pm

3D printers could fabricate tools out of moon dust

One of the challenges of putting a colony on the moon is the need for stuff: building materials, food, and tools. Fortunately, researchers at Washington State University are working on a project that would help lunar colonists make some of those tools right at home: developing 3D printers that can print tools out of… » 12/01/12 11:00am 12/01/12 11:00am

Could Helium-3 really solve Earth's energy problems?

If you watched the movie Moon, you remember Helium-3 as the substance Sam Bell was sending back to Earth, during his onerous three year tenure on the Sarang lunar base. Helium-3 is not a piece of science fiction, but an isotope of helium that really could provide for all of our energy needs in the future. With… » 5/11/12 2:40pm 5/11/12 2:40pm

Moonflowers Grow On Lunar Surface With Bacterial Boost

The first lunar colonists will grow their own vegetables directly in the soil of the moon, while Earthbound romantics will order moonroses for their sweethearts. Researchers now claim that instead of carting tons of Earth soil to the moon for agriculture, moonfarms will use the dirt, rock and dust already present.… » 4/18/08 8:00am 4/18/08 8:00am

20 Things You Can Put on Your To-Do List Now to Change the World in 100…

To-do lists are a great way to plan your week, and it turns out they're also not a bad tool for futurists either. We've put together 20 to-do list items that anyone can use to stop environmental disaster, speed the invention of artificial intelligence, jumpstart a moon colony, and help everyone become posthuman.… » 3/21/08 3:22pm 3/21/08 3:22pm

How to Jumpstart a Moon Colony From Your Bedroom

The next stage of human expansion will probably be into space, and the best place to start will be with a moon colony. Sure it's not as cool as Mars, but it's close by, which means easy rescue from Earth if things go wrong and a thriving tourism industry to support early colonization efforts. Maybe we can even build… » 3/20/08 11:25am 3/20/08 11:25am