Could Game Theory Be Used To Prevent Human Extinction?

Game theory is a powerful tool for understanding strategic behavior in economics, business, and politics. But some experts say its true power may lie in its ability to help us navigate a perilous future. » 10/23/14 11:20am 10/23/14 11:20am

Could we deflect an incoming asteroid by bombarding it with paintballs?

What would be a way to deflect asteroid Apophis if it gets a little too close for comfort in 2029 or 2036? Pew-pew it with 5 tons of white paintballs. Not only would the multiple mini impacts bump the asteroid off course, but the white paint would cover the surface and reflect more sunlight, and over time, theā€¦ » 10/26/12 3:00pm 10/26/12 3:00pm

We're breaking our planet once and for all, warn scientists

A report just published in Nature by a group of 22 international scientists warns that human activity is quickly pushing the planet to a tipping point, after which time the Earth's ecosystem will suffer a rapid and irreversible collapse. What's worse: They suggest we're nearly there. » 6/07/12 12:20pm 6/07/12 12:20pm