A Glimpse of the Strange Sci-Fi Houses of Earth's Alien Future

Admit it; you've thought about life in the far flung, alien future. Maybe you've thought about it today, whether it's a skyscraping utopia or a scarred nuclear desert full of mobile monoliths. Artists and architects are thinking about it too, and their visions of what may come will really get your future fantasies… » 2/28/14 4:00pm 2/28/14 4:00pm

This Wind-Powered Tumbleweed Robot Aims to End Desertification

Robots have a hard time walking. They're getting better! But we're a ways away from having a robot that you can send on an excursion through a dune-covered desert. That's why, when he wanted to design a robot to collect climate data, designer Shlomi Mir looked to nature. Specifically, to tumbleweeds. » 2/06/14 1:40pm 2/06/14 1:40pm

Scientists Flattened a Desert With Bulldozers to Study Sand Dunes

Six years ago, a patch of land in the Inner Mongolian desert became unnaturally flat. Researchers, for the sake of science, had razed 40 acres—or the equivalent of eight city blocks—of desert. Then, for three and half years, they set up cameras and watched as small piles of sand grew and grew into full-fledged sand… » 1/13/14 12:20pm 1/13/14 12:20pm