13 Unexpected Sources of Energy that Could Save the World

If humans are going to keep living in the style to which we're accustomed, we need to find alternatives for fossil fuels. Partly that's because we need to reduce pollution — and partly because those fossil fuels are going to run out. But alternative forms of energy may look a lot weirder than you think. » 3/31/14 6:11pm 3/31/14 6:11pm

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future. » 3/18/14 8:59am 3/18/14 8:59am

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Human Space Exploration

Space is a weird place, and the quest to explore its mysteries in person has been no small source of strangeness and surprise. Here are some lesser-known facts about humanity's ongoing missions beyond Earth's atmosphere. » 2/19/14 3:15pm 2/19/14 3:15pm

9 Everyday Items We Never Want to Have Connected to the Internet

Are you ready for the Internet of Things? It's coming. Soon enough everything in your home will be plugged in to the net. Your refrigerator will know when you're out of milk, and order more via Amazon! There's no stopping this advance in human civilization — but here are nine items that we absolutely never want to have … » 12/18/13 2:19pm 12/18/13 2:19pm

The 10 Rules of Surveillance Dystopia Stories

What do Person of Interest, Hunger Games and Minority Report have in common? They're all set in a surveillance dystopia, where They are watching your every move and controlling your life with electronic devices. Like all subgenres, these stories have rules. Here are the 10 rules* that define the surveillance dystopia. » 12/06/13 3:19pm 12/06/13 3:19pm

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

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Homo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution of Homo sapiens is itself a tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the… » 11/15/13 6:16pm 11/15/13 6:16pm

15 Toylines from the '80s That Will Never Ever Be Coming Back

The ‘80s were the golden age of the action figure, but not all '80s toylines were gold. For every He-Man or Transformers, there are a dozen series that will never return — either because they’ve been forgotten, or they've been outclassed, or just because they sucked in the first place. Here are 15 toylines whose… » 9/20/13 3:57pm 9/20/13 3:57pm