Auroras appear according to the whims of nature, not humans, which might just be part of their eerie appeal. But c’mon, it’s the 21st century now. Why are we just waiting around? So here’s a crazy idea unearthed by Mark Zastrow writing in Eos: Let’s a build a particle accelerator to trigger auroras whenever we want.
Berlin's Tempelhof Airport closed its operations last year, leaving a vast swath of land currently unused. An increasingly vocal group wants to replace the airport with the world's largest man-made mountain, adding snowy peaks to the now-flat city.
It sounds like a supervillainous plot, but Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov has vowed that Moscow will see no snow this winter. Luzkhov is pushing through a plan to ensure that the city's trademark blizzards land in someone else's backyard.
A group of scientists have a radical idea for combating climate change: terraforming the Sahara Desert and replacing it with a lush forest. But will its carbon capturing potential outweigh the negative ecological consequences?
A team of scientists at Cal-Tech think they might have found a way to save the planet from global warming: breed faster. The more of us there are, the more nitrogen we take out of the atmosphere, cooling the planet.
It's another installment of Entropist, a scifi culture column by futurist design maven Geoff Manaugh, author of BLDG BLOG. If we can hack Wiis and iPods and old Segas, make garage door openers into mobile phones and cause elevators to run backwards — or turn upside-down, or do whatever it is that elevator hacks are…