How Mad Men-Era Americans Imagined the World Would Look In 1970

The AMC show Mad Men is in its final season, with its mid-season finale (yeah, I don't know what that means exactly either) airing this past Sunday. The show started with 1960 as its backdrop, and we now see characters in the world of 1969. A lot changed in that decade and, of course, it's a fictional representation… » 5/27/14 6:21pm 5/27/14 6:21pm

Escape the Devastation of Future Earth on a Luxurious Space Mayflower

Worried that Earth may soon suffer from overpopulation and irreversible environmental damage? Worry not, my fellow passengers of Spaceship Earth! In the future, we'll just hop on our space-faring Mayflowers to go find habitable planets. At least that was the promise of this Sunday comic strip from 1959. » 3/26/14 4:32pm 3/26/14 4:32pm

Could Future Astronauts 3D Print Habitats Using Mars and Moon Soil?

Right now, there are dozens of theoretical proposals for how humans could eventually populate Mars (or the Moon), each as crazy as the next: Space elevator. Inflatables. Giant 3D printer. But there's something wonderful about watching these zany concepts emerge, each with its own unique logic. The latest? A plan to… » 9/10/13 2:52pm 9/10/13 2:52pm

Will We Ever Get the Chance to Visit Other Stars?

Traveling beyond our own solar neighborhood has been an aspiration of high-minded explorers ever since we knew such a thing was possible. Well, technically possible. Will we ever actually be able to do it? It all depends on how optimistic you are, but the downside is you'll probably definitely never live to find out… » 2/02/13 10:00am 2/02/13 10:00am