North America has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to…

We tend to hear a lot about the importance of pushing to seek out sources of renewable energy, but how many people know what the biggest sources of this energy actually are — let alone what regions of the globe are working to incorporate them? For example, where do you think North America stands, relative to Europe and … » 11/14/11 12:36pm 11/14/11 12:36pm

Solar-powered hornet is the Superman of the animal kingdom

Plants use photosynthesis to turn sunlight into energy every single day. This ability appeared to be completely unknown in the animal kingdom, leaving the living solar battery that is Superman as the only animal to ever harness the sun's rays for power. But now we've discovered that a type of hornet is doing its own… » 2/13/11 3:00pm 2/13/11 3:00pm

Solar Is One Of The Year's Best Science Fiction Novels

If Ian McEwan's Solar isn't on the Hugo ballot next year, it'll be a miscarriage of justice. The two-time Booker Prize winner does something few literary darlings have done before: treat science with respect, as central to the story. Spoilers... » 4/14/10 3:30pm 4/14/10 3:30pm

10 Scariest Eco-Catastrophes from Early Science Fiction

These days, SF thrillers in which natural disasters end human life as we know it are mainstream fare. But long before M. Night Shyamalan and J.G. Ballard flirted with disaster, the authors of SF's Pre-Golden Age (1904-33) speculated wildly, and sometimes presciently, about the possible causes of dire biospheric… » 5/26/09 2:46pm 5/26/09 2:46pm

Famous Climate Scientist Goes Postal, Tries to Lock up Big Oil CEOs

One of the most well-respected climatologists in the world, James Hansen was pissed off about global warming way before it was cool to be 'green' — like, 1988. He's such a baddass that in 2006 he took on his employer, NASA, and the Bush Administration, publicly accusing them of supressing his research, which provided… » 6/23/08 9:35am 6/23/08 9:35am